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Harrisburg Woman Sentenced For Straw Purchasing A Firearm

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 Maricely Corona, age 34, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo to two years’ probation for purchasing a firearm for her brother.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, on January 5, 2022, Corona pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm. Corona purchased a 9mm Glock handgun at a gun show in Harrisburg on March 10, 2019.  While purchasing the firearm, Corona lied on the Firearm Transaction Record form by stating that the gun was for herself, when in fact she was purchasing it for her brother, Joel Maldonado. Maldonado was prohibited from purchasing a firearm because he was previously convicted of a felony.   

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott R. Ford prosecuted the case. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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Updated October 14, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses