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Erie Man Admits Lying on Firearms Forms

December 5, 2012

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearm laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Joseph Lee Ollie, 54, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about April 2, 2011, Ollie falsified statements on an application/record of sale in an attempt to purchase a firearm. Specifically, the court was advised that Ollie lied on a firearm transaction record document by claiming that he had not been convicted of a felony offense when he, in fact, had two prior felony convictions. Ollie likewise lied on the form by claiming that he was not the subject of a Protection From Abuse order when, in fact, he was. Ollie's attempt to purchase the Smith & Wesson Model 639 9mm caliber handgun was rejected when a record check revealed that he was prohibited from firearm possession.

Judge Cohill will schedule sentencing at a later date. The law provides for a total sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Ollie.

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