Lima man sentenced in federal court

TOLEDO — A Lima man with a long history of violence has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for having firearms, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.

Benjamin Frieson, 47, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Frieson possessed a GSG .22-caliber rifle and a Taurus 9 mm pistol on July 14 of last year, according to court documents. He was prohibited from having firearms because of multiple previous convictions, including for aggravated assault, felonious assault on a peace officer, aggravated assault and attempted robbery.

“This defendant has proven time and again to be a violent individual,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a prepared statement. “This sentence makes the community safer.”

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lima Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tracey Tangeman and Matthew Simko.

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