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October 22, 2015  
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Ohio Felon Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearm
Travis Matthews had three prior felony convictions, including a 2009 heroin trafficking charge

OCT 22 (DAYTON, Ohio) – Travis Matthews, 28, of Dayton was sentenced today to 73 months in prison for possession of a firearm after having been previously convicted of a felony offense.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Joseph P. Reagan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Detroit Field Division, and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, announced the sentence imposed today by United States District Judge Walter H. Rice.

Matthews pleaded guilty in July 2015, after having been charged with possessing a .380 caliber handgun. With three prior felony convictions, including a 2009 conviction for heroin trafficking, Matthews is prohibited from possessing firearms. Matthews was ordered to serve three years on supervised release following his prison term.

“Matthews poses a risk to the safety of the community because of his continuing criminal conduct,” said U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart. “Such lack of respect for the law requires deterrence in the form of a lengthy prison sentence.”

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigative work in this case by DEA special agents and Task Force Officers, Dayton Police investigators, and Ohio Adult Parole Authority officers.  Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Hunt prosecuted the case.


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