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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

ATF Investigation Leads To Charges Against Bradford Man

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Bradford, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of violating federal explosives laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment named John Louis Vanyo, Jr., 28, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Vanyo possessed and improperly stored stolen explosive materials.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 11 years in prison, a fine of $350,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christine A. Sanner is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Bradford Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015