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Maryland Man Sentenced To Two Years Of Probation For Lying About His Residence When Purchasing Firearms

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 Donte Christian, age 46, of Catonsville, Maryland, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson to two years of probation for making false statements during the purchase of firearms.  Christian was also ordered to pay a $5,500 fine.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Christian previously admitted that on four occasions in 2018, he provided a false state of residence and address when purchasing firearms in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  Christian purchased a total of nine handguns.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli prosecuted the case.

This case was 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 January 27, 2022

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