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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Harrisburg Man Charged With Illegal Gun Possession

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Harrisburg man was indicted late yesterday by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Shaun L. Graves, age 32, was charged with unlawful possession and one count of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the Indictment stems from an October 16, 2014, incident in which Graves was arrested by Harrisburg police officers in South Harrisburg and found to be in possession of a loaded Bersa .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol bearing an obliterated serial number.

The case is being investigated by the Harrisburg Office of the ATF as part of an ongoing effort by federal and local law enforcement to combat violent crime and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Douglas Daniel.

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 for the felon in possession charge is life imprisonment. The maximum term of imprisonment for the obliterated serial number charge is 5 years imprisonment. 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 July 30, 2015