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Saxton, Pa., Woman Helped Gun Store Burglar Avoid Capture

March 12, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A Bedford County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of accessory after the fact, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Kelley L. Foster, 23, of Saxton, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Jan. 28, 2013, Foster assisted Garrett G. Sherlock in his attempt to avoid apprehension by law enforcement authorities for the theft of firearms from Saxton Outdoor Supply, Inc.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for July 17, 2014, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $125,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Foster on bond.

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

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

According to Mr. Hickton, Foster 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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