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

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Harrisburg Man Classified As “Armed Career Criminal” And Sentenced To 224 Months In Federal Firearms Case

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Eric Chambers, age 44, of Harrisburg, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge William W. Caldwell, following Chambers’ conviction at a jury trial for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

      On June 12, 2013, a federal jury convicted Chambers of possessing a loaded firearm in a motel in Swatara Township on January 9, 2012.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Judge Caldwell classified Eric Chambers as an “Armed Career Criminal,” a determination that allows for additional penalties to be imposed once an individual has previously been convicted of three violent crimes or serious drug offenses. Judge Caldwell sentenced Chambers to 200 months’ incarceration to be followed by five years of supervised release and a fine of $2,100 for the firearms conviction.  Judge Caldwell also sentenced Chambers to a consecutive 24 month sentence for violating the terms of his supervised release.   

     Judge Caldwell ordered that this 224-month sentence be served consecutively to a 25-50 year sentence Chambers received in July 2013 after he was convicted by a jury in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas of Attempted Homicide for his involvement in a shooting that occurred in September 2011. 

     This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives; the Harrisburg Police Bureau; and Swatara Township Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

Updated April 21, 2015