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Clearfield County Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Violation

February 28, 2011

Prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. ‑ A resident of DuBois, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal firearms laws United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Vincent L. Ruchlewicz, 50, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on March 5, 2004, Ruchlewicz possessed a Ruger, Model MKII, .22 caliber pistol and a RG Industries, Model RG23, .22 caliber revolver.  In 1978, Ruchlewicz was convicted in Philadelphia Co., Pa., of the crime of burglary, which is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.  Federal law prohibits  persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing firearms.  Burglary is such a crime.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for June 29, 2011, at 10:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

According to Mr. Hickton, this case was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement, agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.

The DuBois Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Ruchlewicz.

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