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Georgia Man Indicted For Firearms Offenses

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

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jemel X. Williams, age 34, of Macon, Georgia, was indicted for illegal possession of firearms and possession of stolen firearms.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that on February 15, 2017, Williams was in possession of firearms (a Glock 19, 9mm, and a Glock 36, .45 caliber) that were shipped and transported in interstate commerce. It is also alleged that Williams was previously convicted of a felony offense prohibiting him from possessing firearms.


The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Clancy is prosecuting the case.


This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes with firearms.


Indictments and 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 illegal firearm possession charge is life in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine; the possession of stolen firearms charge is punishable by 10 years in prison, 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 May 24, 2017

Firearms Offenses