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Convicted Felon Charged With Illegal Gun Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – Garrett Marcus Matthews, 32, of Reading, was charged today by indictment[1] with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. According to the indictment, on March 25, 2017, Matthews was in possession of a Glock GmbH, Model 23, caliber .40 S&W, semi-automatic pistol with serial number PVP005, and a Glock GmbH, Model 27, caliber .40 S&W, semi-automatic pistol with serial number LPH954.


If convicted, Matthews faces a mandatory-minimum term of 15-years’ imprisonment, a maximum term of life imprisonment, up to five-years of supervised release, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a $100 special assessment.


The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney José R. Arteaga.


[1] An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated August 31, 2017