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Monroe County Man Sentenced To 18 Months’ Imprisonment For 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, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on August 15, 2019, by U.S. District Court Senior Judge James M. Munley, to serve 18 months’ imprisonment and two years of supervised release for making false statements to federally licensed firearms dealers in connection with the purchase of firearms.   

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, DeHaven, previously pleaded guilty and admitted to providing false information regarding the straw purchases of 14 firearms between January 5, 2018 and February 11, 2018.  Two of the firearms were purchased from Bella Mia Jewels in Tannersville; nine of the firearms were purchased from Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters, in Brodheadsville; and, three of the firearms were purchased from Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitters, in Stroudsburg.  

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


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Updated August 20, 2019

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