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Monday, September 26, 2016

Youngstown man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for firearms violation


A Youngstown man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for firearms violations, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Brian K. Bellard, 43, was arrested on Oct. 16, 2015 after Youngstown police responded to a call about an armed man arguing with people outside the Eastside Civic Center. Police found Bellard with a Smith and Wesson, model SD40VE, .40 caliber pistol, and ammunition, according to court documents.

Bellard forbidden from possessing firearms because of previous felony convictions dating back to 1992. Those convictions included felonious assault and domestic violence, according to court documents.

He pleaded guilty last year to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 125 months in federal prison.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Katz following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Youngstown Police Department.

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