OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Indiaanapolis Indiana., July 17, 2014 - United States Attorney Announces Felon in Possession Sentence Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report Department of Justice United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett Southern District of Indiana FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 17, 2014 www.usdoj.gov/usao/ins/ CONTACT: TIM HORTY (317) 229-2409; Cell (317) 716-4250 firstname.lastname@example.org United States Attorney Announces Felon in Possession Sentence Hogsett continues aggressive fight against illegal firearm possession to protect Hoosiers PRESS RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS– Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, today announced the conviction and sentencing of Donald T. Bryant, 43, Avon, for one count of felon in possession of a firearm, one count of use of false identification in the acquisition of a firearm, and one count of aggravated identity theft. Bryant was sentenced to 78 months (6 ½ years), in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. “My office has been relentlessly committed to taking illegal gun owners off the streets,” said Hogsett. “Our communities have suffered too much violence at the hands of felons in possession of firearms. We continue to do our part to help stop the senseless violence suffered in our Hoosier communities.” On August 30, 2012, Bryant purchased a Smith and Wesson, 9mm pistol from Fort Liberty Firearms, a firearms dealer in Avon, Indiana. When making the purchase, Bryant identified himself as “R.B.” a man who died in Lake County, Indiana in 1989. Bryant provided an Indiana Identification Card and other documents in the name of “R.B.” displaying photographs of Bryant, not “R.B.”, on them. It is illegal to purchase a firearm using a “straw-man” purchase. Usually, this illegal transaction happens when a felon asks a non-felon to purchase a firearm for him or her. Bryant used the identity of a deceased man, to make the illegal purchase. According to federal law, it is illegal for a person convicted of a felony to possess a firearm. Between 1992 and 2011, Bryant had acquired five separate felony convictions, each with a prison sentence of a year or more. In 2002 Bryant was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for a firearms conviction in the Northern District of Indiana. He then violated his supervised release conditions and was returned to the Bureau of Prisons for an additional 18 months. “This case shows the success of our Violent Crime Initiative. One of the most effective ways to prevent violence in our communities is to make sure those with prior felonies are not armed,” said Hogsett. The United States Attorney’s Violent Crime Initiative began in 2011, and is intended to focus on the “worst of the worst” violent offenders by marshaling federal resources to provide local partners the additional tools they may need to succeed in their effort to promote peace. In 2011, only 14 firearms charges were filed. Since then, over 325 firearms cases have been prosecuted. By charging these cases federally, violent felons must serve 85 % of their sentence at a minimum. According to Assistant United States Attorney Mathew Rinka, who prosecuted this case for the government, Bryant must pay $14,800 in restitution to the Department of Education for fraudulently obtaining student loans and serve three years of supervised release after his sentence. Top Printable view Last Modified: 07/29/2014 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
United States Attorney Announces Felon in Possession Sentence. Indianapolis, IN., July 17, 2014
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2014-07-17.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.