A criminal convicted of possession of a firearm

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Earlier this week, a convicted felon was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for possessing a firearm and violating his bail conditions, Virginia officials said.

According to the US Department of Justice, 22-year-old DeAngelo Lewis Ramsey was previously convicted of breaking into a federal firearms license holder through the ceiling of a nearby business and stealing multiple firearms. fire. Due to his conviction history, federal law prohibits Ramsey from owning any firearms or ammunition.

“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia will always prioritize the prosecution of those seeking to illegally obtain firearms. This defendant – who had previously been convicted of a felony for stealing multiple firearms after breaking into a business – chose to obtain and illegally use another firearm while he was on probation. This sentence is just punishment and is a perfect example of how our office continues to prioritize the safety and protection of the public in the District,” said U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh.

According to court documents, members of the Salem Police Department were called around 3:30 a.m. on January 7, 2021, to a suspicious person in the Carey Avenue area.

Officials say a resident’s doorbell camera showed a person – who was wearing a jacket, ski mask and gloves – coming to the door, reaching for the handle and walking away.

Responding officers reportedly noticed several interior lights inside vehicles and several mailboxes with doors left open in the neighborhood.

The DOJ said authorities searched the area and found someone who matched the description of the man on doorbell video. The individual was carrying a backpack and ran down an embankment after encountering the police.

After a brief chase, officers took the man – identified as Ramsey – into custody, officials said. Authorities also found gloves, a ski goggle and the backpack he was carrying nearby, which contained several items that had been reported missing from vehicles and mailboxes, as well as a Glock 23 pistol. with extended magazine and hollow point ammunition. .

The DOJ announced Thursday, February 24, that Ramsey was sentenced to 47 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for violating his probation conditions.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the United States Postal Inspection Service; and the Salem Police Department was reportedly working on the case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin B. Johnson.

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