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4 Mahoning Valley men indicted on federal gun charges

Published: Thu, January 3, 2013 @ 5:13 p.m.

CLEVELAND — A federal grand jury has indicted four Mahoning Valley residents on charges of being felons in illegal possession of a gun or ammunition, or both, the U.S. attorney said today.

The law prohibits convicted felons from carrying firearms or ammunition.

Kevin L. Washington, 26, of Boardman, is charged with having a 9 mm pistol and ammunition and possessing with intent to distribute about an ounce of heroin.

Washington previously had been convicted of aggravated robbery and felonious assault in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Anthony J. Schaffer, 24, of Canfield, and James L. Mosley, 32, of Youngstown, are charged with having handguns and ammunition, with the serial number allegedly obliterated from Schaffer’s gun.

Antonio S. Smith, 30, of Warren, is charged with possessing ammunition.

Schaffer, Mosley and Smith also have prior convictions.

The cases are being prosecuted by David M. Toepfer, the Youngstown-based assistant U.S. attorney.

The Boardman and Warren police, the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms handled the investigations.


1samIam(213 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

Gee if everyone is a felon then no one can own a gun ! Get the picture? It's coming soon to a court near you.
What isn't a felony in the good ole' US of A today?

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

???? say what

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3gdog4766(1488 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

So what this idiot is saying is that just because these fools are repeat felons carrying guns they shouldn't be treated different. Now is the time to drop the hammer on these criminals. The penalties for felons or anyone caught with a firearm illegally should be extremely severe. Law abiding citizens don't walk around armed with heroin in their pocket.

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4samIam(213 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

The International Chiefs of Police, FOP, and dozens of other police organizations have an agenda of felonizing the American population Police have a vested interest in incarcerating as many people as possible for a slew of reasons that all have to do with furthering the work of policing and nothing to do with law and order. When you are locked up for even a few minutes you are fingerprinted and photographed. When you are incarcerated for a longer period many stated require DNA sampling. A population that has been fingerprinted, photographed, and DNA typed is a population that is very easy to control. If you want someone you can simply reach out and take them. A population that has a prior criminal record is composed of people for whom very little – if any – popular sympathy will flow. No one believes a convicted person. A population of people with felony convictions is an un-armed population. A population of prior felony convicts is a population with substantially reduced civil rights. The reason for wanting to have you charged with a crime – any crime- and convicted of a crime – any crime - are legion. In the end police and prosecutors are hot to prosecute and convict solely because more convictions is good for them.
Felonize everyone so no one can legally own a gun. 5 crimes listed as felonies in 1776 and 55,000 crimes listed as a felony in 2012 . Idiot do the math **

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5gdog4766(1488 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

You don't have to prove your an idiot, it's pretty obvious.

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6oldskool(97 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

the point gdog made is "LAW ABIDING" idiot.
It's certainly not felonios to obey the law.

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