Bedford County Man Helped Transport 31 Stolen Firearms from Pennsylvania to Maryland
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Saxton, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of interstate transportation of stolen firearms, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Joshua M. Faircloth, 27, 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, Faircloth aided in transporting 31 firearms stolen from Saxton Outdoor Supply, Inc., from Pennsylvania to Maryland.
Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for July 31, 2014, at 1 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of ten years in prison, a fine of $250,000, 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.
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 Faircloth.
According to Mr. Hickton, Faircloth 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.