Il­le­gal gun gets man time in prison

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

A Spring­field man was sen­tenced to more than four years in prison for il­le­gally hav­ing a gun, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the De­part­ment of Jus­tice South­ern Dis­trict of Ohio.

Thurston Lewis Good­john, 34, was sen­tenced in a U.S. Dis­trict Court to 52 months in prison for one count of felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

Good­john, who is a con­victed felon, was driv­ing in Clark County in April 2017 when he was stopped by North Hamp­ton po­lice, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

North Hamp­ton po­lice be­gan their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Good­john when he was pulled over for speed­ing in April in the area of West Clark Street and Dial­ton Road, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed in Clark County Mu­nic­i­pal Court.

Through an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, of­fi­cers found he didn’t have a li­cense and the of­fi­cer smelled mar­i­juana.

The of­fi­cer re­port­edly saw a .40 cal­iber hand­gun in the car, as well as a mag­a­zine with 15 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion.

Good­john ad­mit­ted the gun be­longed to him and knew he was not al­lowed to have a gun due to prior felony con­vic­tions, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. He pleaded guilty July 9. The case was part of Project Safe Neigh­bor­hoods, a pro­gram that brings to­gether all lev­els of law en­force­ment to re­duce vi­o­lent crime, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

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