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Williamsport man indicted on federal firearm charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2011

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a grand jury sitting in Williamsport has returned a one-count indictment charging a Williamsport man on a firearm charge.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Derek Lee Walker, age 34, is charged with disposing of a firearm to a convicted felon. The indictment alleges that Walker provided a 9mm Taurus handgun to a convicted felon on or after March 21, 2010.

     If convicted, Walker, faces a maximum penalty, of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and a three-year term of supervised release.

     The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecution of this matter has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel.

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