Man sentenced to 10 years in prison after police database connects gun to 2016 shooting

Posted at 7:04 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-25 00:25:26-04

CINCINNATI -- A federal judge sentenced a Cincinnati man to 10 years in prison Friday after he was found with a gun tied to a a 2016 shooting.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "received credible information" that Damion Dean, 29, was involved in multiple shootings in Price Hill and Over-the-Rhine, and that he was selling firearms despite having a prior felony conviction, authorities said in court documents. 

Agents arranged a purchase of firearms from Dean, then executed a search warrant. They found eight firearms, an extended magazine and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, authorities said.

Investigators test-fired the guns and entered the spent shell casings into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, a database used by law enforcement agencies across the country to compare bullets and cartridge casings from crimes. 

One of the guns matched with shell casings recovered from a shooting in Lower Price Hill in 2016. Cellphone tower data records also placed his phone in the area of the shooting, and surveillance video showed a shooter who looked like Dean and was wearing jewelry similar to his, authorities said.

The intended target of the shooting suffered multiple gunshot wounds and spent several weeks in intensive care, authorities said. One bullet also grazed a bystander.

"Gun violence in the community is a real threat every day, and tools like NIBIN are helping us address that threat more accurately than ever before," U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in a written statement.

Dean pleaded guilty in February to one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.  U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett sentenced him Friday.