Maryland Man Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Role In Contract Killing Of A Federal Witness And Two Others
SCRANTON. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury in Scranton has indicted a Palmerton, Pennsylvania resident for drug trafficking and firearm offenses.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the indictment charges Donald C. Fritz, Jr., age 43, with distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute, crystal methamphetamine. The indictment also charges Fritz with possessing six firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime including a firearm with obliterated serial numbers.
The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo.
Indictments contain only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
The maximum penalty under federal law is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.
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