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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Harrisburg Man Sentenced To Prison On Firearms Charges As Part Of On-Going Partnership To Prosecute Violent Crime

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Harrisburg man was sentenced today, in federal court in Harrisburg by Senior United States District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo, to serve 150 months in prison on the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Elijah U. Brown, Jr., age 40, of Harrisburg, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in May 2014.  Brown’s co-defendant Carlos C. Hill was previously sentenced by Judge Rambo to 235 months.

The charges were the result of an on-going partnership between the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in August 2012 to respond to a surge of violent crime within the city.  The charges against Brown arose from an incident in which, after Hill brandished a stolen firearm at a female victim in the 1600 Block of Park Street in Harrisburg, Brown hid the firearm.  The firearm was subsequently recovered by the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.

In addition to the prison term, Senior Judge Rambo also ordered that Brown be supervised by a probation officer for three years following his release from prison.

Brown was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 26, 2012, after an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

Updated April 9, 2015