Akron man sentenced to nearly four years in prison on firearms conviction

Akron man sentenced to nearly four years in prison on firearms conviction

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - An Akron man was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm.

Joe L. Fletcher, age 27, was sentenced to 46 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko. Fletcher previously pleaded guilty to having a Springfield Armory .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol on Feb. 7, 2014, despite a previous conviction for cocaine trafficking.

"Joe Fletcher is considered to be one of Akron's most dangerous individuals," Akron Police Chief James Nice said. "As a result, the APD collaborated with the U.S. Attorney's Office to bring federal charges against him. Our city is safer today because of this federal conviction."

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