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Lorain man sentenced for having illegal guns

Lorain man sentenced for having illegal guns

(Cleveland) - A Lorain man with an illegal private arsenal has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.

32-year-old Jose Romero had pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

Romero was found to have 40 pistols, rifles and revolvers earlier this year despite having a 2005 conviction in Lorain County for domestic violence.

“This office places a high priority on keeping firearms out of the hands of those who are forbidden by law from obtaining them,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “Whether it is a person using a gun to commit a violent crime, a felon illegally obtaining a firearm or a straw purchaser trying to circumvent the law, we will aggressively pursue those who would violate our nation’s firearms laws.”

U.S. District Judge James Gwin sentenced Romero to 80 months in prison.

Romero told a confidential informant that he was interested in purchasing large numbers of firearms in an effort to influence their availability in Lorain, according to court documents.

The information indicated that Romero stores many of his firearms inside a safe inside his grandmother’s residence on Charleston Avenue in Lorain. Law enforcement officers subsequently searched Romero’s home on East 31st Street and the Charleston Avenue home on Feb. 26, 2013, according to court documents.

Investigators found firearms, marijuana and cocaine at the East 31st Street residence and a safe with 28 firearms at the Charleston Avenue residence, as well as marijuana, according to the court documents.

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