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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Effort Man Charged With Illegal Machinegun Possession

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tyler Lameo, age 27, of Effort, Pennsylvania, was charged on June 18, 2019, in a criminal information with the illegal possession of a machinegun.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the information alleges that Lameo possessed a Glock 19 9mm bearing an auto sear from April 20, 2018 through December 18, 2018.  The information also seeks forfeiture of several firearms, ammunition, and firearms components, including:

  • Glock 19 9mm bearing an auto sear;
  • Beretta Model ARX160 bearing a suppressor;
  • Iver Johnson Model Champion 12-gauge shotgun bearing a shortened barrel;
  • Chiappa Firearms Model SR-556 9mm bearing a shortened barrel;
  • Sten 9mm bearing a shortened barrel;
  • Partial bump stock; and
  • Miscellaneous suppressor components.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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 this offense is 10 years 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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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated June 19, 2019