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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Luzerne County Man Sentenced To Prison For Unlawfully Possessing A Firearm

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that today in Scranton a 39-year-old Wilkes-Barre man was sentenced to 27 months in prison today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Joseph White, of Wilkes-Barre, previously pleaded guilty to being in possession of a firearm in Kingston in June 2013.

White was indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2014, as a result of an investigation by special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Pennsylvania State Police, and Kingston Police.

Judge Munley also ordered White to serve two years on supervised release following his prison sentence, and to pay a special assessment of $100.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.


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Updated June 4, 2015