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Case Conclusion Date: 12.09.2016
Practice Area: Federal crime
Outcome: Prevailed at Sentencing over Government's Recommendations
Description: Client was federally indicted with Aiding & Abetting a Felon in Possession of a Firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) and § 924(a)(2) and (2). The crime is a federal felony where violators can be punished with up to ten years in prison. According to the allegations, Client was a retired mother who intentionally allowed her son, a convicted felon, to handle and possess her firearms. Tragically, Client's son was killed during a tragic shootout with police when they tried serving a warrant for his arrest at Client's home. At trial, the Government produced evidence and testimony supporting their claims that Client (1) knew her son could not possess firearms, and (2) did so anyway with a criminal purpose in mind. The jury found Client guilty. At sentencing, the Government recommended 6 months of imprisonment, 2 years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine. However, the federal judge adopted Mr. Ransom's recommendation to give a downward departure from the sentencing guidelines and impose only 90 days of home monitoring with a $3,000.00 fine. Although Client was ultimately found guilty, the court's sentencing was far better than the Government's plea offer and sentencing recommendation.