News and Press Releases

Luzerne County Man Enters Guilty Plea and Is Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Theft from Monroe County Firearms Dealer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2012

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Luzerne County man entered a guilty plea today and was sentenced by Senior District Court Judge Richard P. Conaboy to serve 24 months in prison for his role in a theft from a Monroe County firearms dealer.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Jerome Sharr, age 21, of Wilkes-Barre, entered a guilty plea and admitted his involvement in the theft of twelve firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer. Sharr, and another individual, David Toney, age 20, of Hanover Township, were previously indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2011 and charged with the theft of the firearms from American Sport Shooting, located in Brodheadsville, Monroe County.

     The investigation began on December 29, 2010, when a break-in occurred at American Sport Shooting. Twelve handguns were determined to be missing from the store. Subsequent searches by the Pennsylvania State Police resulted in the recovery of several of the handguns, including one located at the residence of David Toney in Hanover Township.

     Senior Judge Conaboy also ordered that Sharr serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

     United States Attorney Smith noted that the charges against David Toney remain pending.

     The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O'Hara.

****

Return to Top

USAO Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
Justice 101
What Makes Schools Safer? Using science to discover what works. Federal funding available. Visit NIJ.gov, keywords: 'comprehensive school safety intiative'
Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.

Victim Witness Assistance

Making sure that victims of federal crimes are treated with compassion, fairness and respect.

Public Corruption

Our commitment to combating public corruption in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and to keeping the public informed about pending cases.

Health Care Fraud

Our commitment to combating health care fraud in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.