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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Drug User Sentenced To 5 Years Probation For Illegally Possessing Pistols

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Patton, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to five years probation on his conviction of unlawful possession of firearms by a user of illegal controlled substances, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on John B. Zollinhofer, 43.

According to information presented to the court, on Sept. 22, 2011, Zollinhofer, who was an unlawful user of, and addicted to, illegal controlled substances, possessed two Smith and Wesson pistols, a Ruger revolver and a Rossi revolver.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Zollinhofer.

According to Mr. Hickton, Zollinhofer was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

Updated July 14, 2015