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Erie Felon Charged With Illegally Possessing Gun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2011

ERIE, Pa. ‑ A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Mekail Omar Jones, 23, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Jones possessed a firearm while being a convicted felon.

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

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christine A. Sanner is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Erie Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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