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Somerset Felon Pleads Guilty To Illegal Possession Of Firearms

June 30, 2011

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. ‑ A resident of Somerset, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of unlawful possession of firearms by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Kelly B. Shaulis, 42, pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on July 15, Aug. 7, and Dec. 1, 2008, Shaulis, who had been convicted in 2007 in Westmoreland County, Pa., of receiving stolen property, unlawfully possessed various firearms.  Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year from possessing ammunition or firearms.  Receiving stolen property is such a crime.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Oct. 27, 2011, at 10 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police/Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Shaulis.

According to Mr. Hickton, Shaulis 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.

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