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Somerset County Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Violation

April 2, 2012

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

Justin Roy Smith, 25, of Meyersdale, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, from Apr. 13, 2009, to May 8, 2009, Smith knowingly made false statements in an effort to deceive federally licensed firearms dealers that he was the actual buyer of 8 firearms, when, in fact, he was purchasing the firearms on behalf of someone else.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Aug. 7, 2012, at 11:00 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, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Smith.

According to Mr. Hickton, this case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, 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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