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Monroe County Man Pleads Guilty To Making Multiple Straw Purchases Of Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Douglas DeHaven, age 35, of East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, pleaded guilty on January 11, 2019, before Senior United States District Court Judge James M. Munley to making false statements in connection with the purchases of multiple firearms.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, DeHaven admitted to providing false information to federally licensed firearms dealers regarding the purchases of fourteen firearms between January 5, 2018 and February 11, 2018.  Two of the firearms were purchased from Bella Mia Jewels in Tannersville, Monroe County; nine of the firearms were purchased from Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters, in Brodheadsville, Monroe County; and three of the firearms were purchased from Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters, in Stroudsburg, Monroe County. 

A sentencing date for DeHaven is scheduled for April 18, 2019. 

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.

This case is 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.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce crime.

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 maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is ten years’ 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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Updated January 28, 2019

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