Due to the lapse in appropriations, Department of Justice websites will not be regularly updated. The Department’s essential law enforcement and national security functions will continue. Please refer to the Department of Justice’s contingency plan for more information.

You are here

Justice News

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Harrisburg Man Indicted On Firearms Charge

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Germaine D. Hill, age 39, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted on April 5, 2017, by a federal grand jury on a firearms charge. The case was unsealed on April 26, 2017, following Hill’s arrest.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that on January 11, 2017, in Harrisburg, Hill unlawfully possessed a 9mm Tauris pistol and ammunition as a previously convicted felon.


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Harrisburg City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli 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 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 ten 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.


# # #

Firearms Offenses
Updated April 27, 2017