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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Chester County Man Charged With Fleeing From Federal Park Rangers

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jeffrey J. Steigelman III, age 26, of Chester County, Pennsyvlania, was charged on April 16, 2019, in a criminal information with fleeing from National Park Service Rangers.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Steigelman fled from Rangers in the Delaware Valley Water Gap Recreation Area on October 21, 2018, in an automobile.  After a lengthy high-speed chase, he was ultimately apprehended in Port Jervis, New York.

The investigation was conducted by the National Park Service Rangers and other state and local law enforcement officials.  Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting the case. 

Criminal Informations are 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 for the charge is a two-year term of 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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Updated April 17, 2019