Two from Northeast Ohio Indicted on Firearms Charges
Two men from Northeast Ohio were indicted for illegally having firearms, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office.
Indicted are Mustafa B. Ayad, 28, of North Olmsted, and Ameen Shoman, 26, of Olmsted Falls. Both were indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
“We are committed to keeping firearms out of the hands of those who are forbidden by law from having them,” Dettelbach said.
“These convicted felons illegally possessed firearms and must be held accountable,” Anthony said.
Ayad possessed a Ruger .357-caliber revolver and ammunition on March 23, 2015, despite a 2012 conviction for aggravated assault, according to the indictment.
Shoman possessed a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol, a Springfield Armory 9 mm pistol and ammunition on July 21, 2015, despite 2010 conviction for attempted felonious assault, according to the indictment.
Ayad was ordered detained. Shoman was released on bond, but is not allowed to return to Biggie’s Food Mart, where he works, as a condition of his bond.
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Kendra Klump following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the court after a review of the federal sentencing guidelines and factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.