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Johnstown Man Gets Prison Time For Drug, Gun Offenses

October 25 , 2011

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 42 months in prison and three years supervised release on his conviction of various federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Gary M. Boyer, 28.

According to information presented to the court, on May 25, 2010, Boyer possessed less than 100 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute it.  In addition, on the same day, Boyer, who had been convicted in 2004 in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, of drug act delivery-felony, unlawfully possessed a Fémaru-Fecyver-Ésgépgyár pistol.  Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year from possessing ammunition or firearms.  Drug act delivery-felony is such a crime.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Johnstown Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Boyer.

According to Mr. Hickton, Boyer was 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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