Daily Court Reporter - News Man with history of firearms and gang violence sentenced to nearly six years in prison for having loaded gun
Man with history of firearms and gang violence sentenced to nearly six years in prison for having loaded gun
A Canton man with a history of firearms and gang violence was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for having a firearm.
Jeremy Pleasant, 35, was sentenced to 70 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster. Pleasant previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
According to court documents and statements made in court:
Pleasant was released from state prison in January 2018 after serving seven years in prison for shooting a rival gang member. On March 24, 2018, Pleasant was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a traffic violation. Pleasant ran from the car and was Tased.
Pleasant had a loaded Ruger 9 mm in his jeans pocket when he was arrested. Pleasant was forbidden from having a firearm because of the 2011 conviction for felonious assault with a firearms specification, as well as a 2003 conviction for felonious assault with a firearm specification from another shooting.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron P. Howell following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Canton Police Department.
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Date Published: January 22, 2019