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Harrisburg Man Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison For Straw Purchasing Guns For Felons

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 that Michael Windham, age 22, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 46 months' imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson for weapons offenses.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Windham pled guilty to conspiring with three other individuals to purchase guns for felons and persons under indictment. Windham was prohibited by law from possessing a gun, but he arranged for Taashaun Mansfield, age 23, of Harrisburg, to purchase a gun for him. Mansfield also purchased six other guns for felons.

Mansfield, of Harrisburg, entered a guilty plea to weapons offenses and was sentenced to 37 months in prison in February 2022. Antonio Godbolt, age 34, of Harrisburg, entered a guilty plea to conspiring to straw purchase guns and possessing a gun as a felon and is awaiting sentencing.  

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives brought this case in conjunction with the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Consiglio is prosecuting the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Updated March 14, 2022

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