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Johnstown Man Sentenced to 8½ Years in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2012

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 92 months in prison and five years supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Thomas Holko, 29.

According to information presented to the court, from July 2008 to May 9, 2011, Holko conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. In addition, evidence presented to the Court at the time of Holko's sentencing reflected that Holko conspired with George M. Lowmaster and others to facilitate and promote Lowmaster's drug distribution organization.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the joint task force, headed by the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Holko. Other agencies participating on the task force include the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; Pennsylvania State Police; the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office; the Cambria County District Attorney's Office; the Carrolltown Police Department; the Patton Police Department; the Ebensburg Police Department; the Portage Police Department and the Paint Township Police Department.

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