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Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Crack Cocaine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 1, 2010, that Joshua Francis Shenego, a resident of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court in  Johnstown to a charge of distributing cocaine base, commonly known as crack.

Shenego, age 24, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines advised the court that on March 17, 2009, Shenego distributed 5 grams or more of cocaine base.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for October 14, 2010, at 10:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $2,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laurel Highlands Resident Agency, and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Shenego.

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