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Homeworth man gets probation for selling firearms without a license

CLEVELAND — William Draher, 71, of Homeworth, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to two years of probation Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier to selling firearms without a license from January 2013 to July 2018.

Judge James Gwin also fined Draher $15,000. Also as part of his plea agreement, Draher forfeited 40 firearms connected to the violations.

Before the weapons could be turned over to the federal government, federal officials published notification of the court’s preliminary order of forfeiture on www.forfeiture.gov, an official government Internet site, for 30 consecutive days beginning Feb. 5. The notification was to notify third parties of their right to petition the court for a hearing to adjudicate the validity of their alleged legal interest in the weapons.

No claims were made to the weapons, court records state.

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