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Chambersburg Man Plead Guilty To Violating Federal Firearms Laws

September 1 , 2011

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Chambersburg, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearms laws United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

David Griffen Oldham, Jr., 30, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on Oct. 7, 2009, Oldham burglarized the premises of a federal firearms licensee who was doing business as Long's Outpost, Inc., in New Paris, Pa., and stole a number of firearms which were inventory of the business and which had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.  At the time of the burglary, Oldham was a convicted felon.  On Nov. 14, 2005, Oldham was convicted in Bedford County, Pa., of possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance, 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.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Feb. 7, 2012, at 1:30 p.m.  The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

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

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Oldham.

According to Mr. Hickton, Oldham 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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