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Uniontown Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Law Violations

September 24, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Tony Marcellus Frederickson, a/k/a Tony Marcellus Fredrickson  31, pleaded guilty on Sept. 23, 2010, to five counts before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Frederickson, was precluded from lawfully purchasing or possessing firearms due to his pending Fayette County drug case and his previous felony drug conviction in the District of Columbia. Frederickson therefore caused and requested another individual to purchase guns for him in a scenario commonly referred to as a "straw purchase" of firearms. In this matter, Frederickson obtained: three pistols from Reese's Store in Smithfield, Pa., on July 3, 2007; three pistols from Woodland's World Store in Uniontown, Pa., on July 3, 3007; one pistol from Woodland's World on July 8, 2007; and four pistols from Woodland's World on July 14, 2007. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police stopped Frederickson from obtaining two more pistols from Marra's Mountaineer Sports Shop in Uniontown on July 20, 2007.

Some of the guns have been located in the greater Washington, D.C. area near Frederickson's hometown.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Jan. 26, 2011, at 3:30 p.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of up to 50 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history of the defendant. Frederickson remains in jail pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Uniontown Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Frederickson with invaluable cooperation and assistance from the stores where the guns were purchased.

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