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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mechanicsburg Man Charged With Possession Of A Firearm As A Convicted Felon

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that John Fishel Jr., age 44, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on firearms charges. 

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that on February 5, 2018, Fishel Jr., unlawfully possessed a Bauer, 25 caliber firearm, in Newberry Township, York County, after previously being convicted of a felony.

The case was investigated by the Newberry Township Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Schinnour is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The minimum mandatory penalty is 15 years imprisonment and the maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated March 15, 2018