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May 21, 2007 - United States Attorney PATRICK L. MEEHAN and Berks County District Attorney MARK BALDWIN today announced the filing of a one-count indictment* against ANGEL BENITEZ, Jr., charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Under federal law, convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. The indictment alleges that on July 7, 2006, BENITEZ possessed a loaded .45 caliber Taurus, semi-automatic handgun.

This indictment is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a joint initiative by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Berks County District Attorney's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Reading Police Department, the Berks County Sheriff’s Department, and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute firearms offenders in federal court, where the defendants are likely to receive a substantial sentence upon conviction. This investigation was initiated by the Reading Police Department.

Defendant BENITEZ faces a total possible maximum sentence of 10 years, 3 years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.


DEFENDANT


ADDRESS


AGE [Date of Birth]

ANGEL BENITEZ, JR.
Reading, PA
34 years old

The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Francis C. Barbieri, Jr. and Special Assistant United States Attorney Kevin F. Howard.


UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
EASTERN DISTRICT, PENNSYLVANIA
Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Contact:
RICH MANIERI
Media Contact
215.861.8525

*An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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