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Felon Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing Gun

August 12, 2013

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 21 months in jail on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. The sentence was ordered to be served consecutively to any sentence imposed after his revocation of probation in the Court of Common Pleas of Erie County.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. imposed the sentence on Damon Duane Amison, 21.

According to information presented to the court, Amison possessed a loaded Ruger P89 9mm handgun while being a convicted felon. The firearm was located by the Erie Police when they executed a search warrant of a residence on June 13, 2012. The evidence disclosed that the weapon had been stolen from a residence in Harborcreek Township, Pennsylvania.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Erie Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Amison.

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