CINCINNATI — Sixteen people recently were arrested and charged with federal gun crimes in what officials with the local U.S. attorney's office said is the third wave of gun violence reduction efforts.
"We are committed to getting guns out of the hands of people who have already been convicted of violent crimes and are prohibited under federal law from owning, possessing or controlling firearms,” acting U.S. Attorney Vipal J. Patel said in a news release Thursday.
Patel joined Mayor John Cranley, police Chief Eliot Isaac and an officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives Thursday afternoon in a news conference to unveil a new plan to curb a recent rise in gun violence.
During the news conference, city and federal officials spoke to ongoing efforts to bring federal charges against convicted felons accused of being in illegal possession of a gun.
According to federal law, those convicted of a felony cannot legally possess a firearm.
The latest round of charges included:
- Kendall Black, 30
- Daniel Bryant, 36
- Nygel Coach, 31
- Mashi Colvin, 26
- Sa-Thon Evans, 40
- Marvin Ferguson, 39
- Carl Godfrey, 21
- Darious Hillman-Carter, 22
- Brandon Hubbard, 31
- Michael Jackson, 37
- Leonard Ligon, 32
- Dallis Malone, 37
- Matthew Moye, 38
- Carlito Riley, 23
- Kiontay Riley, 24
- Timothy Stuckey, 31
The U.S. attorney's news release highlighted multiple names in this list for their involvement in high-profile cases.
In addition to these new federal charges, police in April implicated Carl Godfrey on state charges in connection with a series of killings-for-hire that included a 14-year-old boy among the other suspects.
It was not immediately clear as of Thursday afternoon who among those charged remained in federal agents' custody.
Watch the full news conference in the viewer below:
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