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New Kensington Man Charged With Possessing Unregistered Weapon, Destroying Mailbox

March 30, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 30, 2010, that Daniel M. Engler of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal firearms and postal laws.

The three‑count indictment named Engler, age 22, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on February 12, 2010, and March 5, 2010, Engler knowingly and unlawfully possessed a firearm which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and Engler willfully and maliciously destroyed a letter box on February 12, 2010.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr., who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 23 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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