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Guns at Warren home lead to 37-month sentence for Cuyahoga County man

CLEVELAND — A Cuyahoga County man who was spending a time in Warren last year got a 37-month federal prison sentence on a conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The federal case against Arthur Wilson III, 48, of Warrensville Heights, began when agents from the U.S. Marshal’s Service’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force searched a home at 724 Bock Court in Warren on June 8, 2020, and found two weapons.

Federal Judge Dan Aaron Polster also sentenced Wilson to three years supervised release after he completes his sentence.

Wilson pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 16, according to court records.

According to a report about the June incident, federal agents had received information that Wilson, who was wanted on a warrant out of Cuyahoga County, was living at the Warren address of his father. When agents arrived, they observed Wilson on the front porch. He then ran inside, the report states, and agents formed a perimeter around the house.

Wilson was escorted out of the home after he was found under a bed in a second-floor bedroom. While inside, task force officers found an AK-47 style rifle under the mattress of a bed with two loaded magazines lying next to it.

In a further search, officers found a .380-caliber Denali handgun with two loaded magazines in the downstairs living room. That gun was found to be stolen, according to information from Cleveland police.

According to the federal indictment, Wilson was barred from possessing firearms because of Cuyahoga County convictions in 1992 for attempted aggravated robbery; in April 2002 for abduction and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor; and a Sept. 9, 2010, attempted felonious assault on a peace officer.

Prison records show Wilson has been serving a 10-year sentence in Lebanon (Ohio) Correctional Institution since August 2020, on rape, gross sexual imposition and attempted rape convictions out of Cuyahoga County.

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