Springfield man sent to federal prison on gun conviction

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Springfield man has been sent to federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm.

Thurston Lewis Goodjohn, 34, of Springfield, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 52 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin C. Glassman along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Clark County Prosecuting Attorney D. Andrew Wilson and North Hampton Police Chief Jarrod Campbell announced the sentence handed down Tuesday by District Judge Walter H. Rice.

According to the Statement of Facts in this case, police stopped Goodjohn while he was driving in the Clark County village of North Hampton on April 8, 2017.  The police officer saw a .40 caliber handgun in plain view in the car along with a magazine containing 15 rounds of ammunition. Goodjohn admitted that the gun was his and that he knew he was not allowed to possess a firearm because he had prior felony convictions.

Goodjohn pleaded guilty before Judge Rice on July 9, 2018, to one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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