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Convicted Felon Indicted for Possession of a Loaded Firearm Sentenced in Federal Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today that a convicted felon from Franklin County indicted on firearm possession charges was sentenced on May 31, in Harrisburg, by United States District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, to an 84 month term of imprisonment, $1,000 fine and two years of supervised release.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Robert Dejuan Gaines, age 30, is a convicted felon, having been convicted of five counts of drug trafficking on October 11, 2010 in Franklin County and a drug related felony in Baltimore County (Maryland) on October 22, 2007. His prior conviction prohibits him from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

     Gaines, who was wanted by police, was arrested in November 2010 following a high speed chase in Franklin County in which he was a passenger. During the chase, Gaines discarded a loaded Ruger .22 magnum handgun.

     Gaines was indicted in March 2011 and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty in October 2011.

     The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.

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