Dayton man gets federal prison sentence on weapons conviction

A 21-year-old Dayton man will spend more than four years in prison for a federal weapons conviction.

Michael J. Blair was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Dayton to 51 months in prison for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony crime, Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio announced Wednesday.

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According to court documents, in August 2018 law enforcement were conducting surveillance with the assistance of an airplane. Those in the plane saw Blair moving back and forth across a vacant field in Dayton conducting what appeared to be hand-to-hand drug transactions with cars that pulled up in an alley.

Law enforcement searched an area of brush near the alley, where they had seen Blair, and found two firearms, an extended magazine loaded with 27 live rounds, fentanyl, cocaine and $1,060.

Blair pleaded guilty in May 2019, and he had previously been convicted of burglary in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Blair’s federal case was prosecuted as part of Project Save Neighborhoods, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.

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