Federal-level offenses, specifically those that pertain to violent criminal activity, are considered particularly serious. If convicted of these types of crimes, it is possible that a defendant could face a lengthy prison sentence and other consequences that may affect the rest of his or her life. One Michigan man is currently facing a lengthy sentence in a federal facility for illegal possession of a firearm.
Previous felony convictions on his record
It is a federal offense for an individual previously convicted of a felony to possess a firearm. This man was arrested after the execution of a search warrant on his residence. He was connected to gang activity in the Lansing area, including assaults, armed robberies, shootings, the trafficking of drugs and more. After police entered his home, they apparently located a loaded pistol in his bedroom.
The search warrant was part of a larger effort by authorities in the area to crack down on violent crimes and harmful activities. The defendant is thought to be a founding member of the gang. In the past several months, law enforcement has been investigating, locating and arresting individuals thought to provide weapons to this specific gang.
His legal options
This case underscores the serious consequences of weapons crimes. Illegal possession of a firearm can result in years behind bars, particularly if that individual has previous convictions on his or her record. Any individual facing such serious allegations will benefit from seeking the guidance and support of a knowledgeable Michigan defense attorney with specific experience in federal-level criminal cases.