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Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty For Failing To Appear In Court For Sentencing On Drug Charge

October 17 , 2011

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of failure to appear for sentencing, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Levon Gause, 34, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on Feb. 1, 2011, Gause knowingly and willfully failed to appear before Judge Gibson for sentencing on his conviction of distribution of fifty grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as "crack."

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Feb. 23, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.  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 of the defendant.  Gause will also be sentenced on Feb. 23, 2012, on his conviction of distribution of fifty grams or more of crack.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Marshal Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Gause.

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