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Reading Resident Sentenced To 51 Months For Gun Charge

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

Juan Pedro Guzman-Zavala, a/k/a Alvaro Julio Luna, 28, of Reading, PA was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for being an alien in possession of a firearm. He was convicted at tril on March 13, 2014. Guzman-Zavala, a native and citizen of Mexico who is unlawfully present in the United States, assumed the identity of a United States Citizen and applied for a United States Passport in that name. Guzman-Zavala also possessed a 9mm handgun despite the prohibition against illegal aliens possessing firearms.

In addition to the prison term, Guzman-Zavala was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, and a $300 special assessment.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Detective Bureau of the Berks County District Attorney’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeanine Linehan.

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Updated December 15, 2014