Boardman man sentenced for having gun, body armor

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – A Boardman man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm and body armor, law enforcement officials said.

Akira O. Jackson, 33, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of possessing a firearm and being a felon in possession of a ballistic vest.

Jackson was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison.

Jackson was arrested March 18 after police found a .40 caliber pistol and ammunition in Jackson’s possession.

Jackson was forbidden by law to carry a weapon following prior convictions of conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and firearm, according the Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

“This is a well-deserved sentence for a violent person who has no business carrying a firearm,” Dettelbach said.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Hollingsworth following an investigation by ATF and the Boardman Police Department.

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