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Butler Felon Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing Multiple Firearms

December 6 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Butler, Pa. has been sentenced in federal court to 84 months in prison followed by five years supervised release on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry imposed the sentence on Thomas Hooks, 31.

According to information presented to the court, after having been convicted in Butler County of the crime of criminal trespass, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, on March 2, 2010, Hooks possessed a shotgun, with an obliterated serial number and a sawed off barrel, which was not legally registered to him, and a .380 caliber handgun. On April 19, 2010, Hooks possessed two rifles, two shotguns, and a derringer. On May4, 2010, Hooks possessed three rifles.  Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year from possessing a firearm.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr. prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

This case was prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hooks.

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