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

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

New York City Man Sentenced To Five Years’ Imprisonment For Being A Convicted Felon In Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

WILKES-BARRE - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Tyrone Greene, age 44, of New York City, was sentenced on August 21, 2018, by United States District Court Senior Judge A. Richard Caputo to serve five years’ imprisonment for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Greene was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition after a two-day jury trial before Judge Caputo in October 2017.  Greene was indicted by a grand jury as a result of an incident which occurred in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, on November 20, 2014, where police officers initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Greene was a passenger.  The vehicle was traveling at night without lights and the officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and located a bag of marijuana in Greene’s pocket.  A subsequent search of Greene, a previously convicted felon, revealed that he was carrying a fully loaded Beretta pistol.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Caputo ordered that Greene be supervised by a probation officer for three years upon his release from prison.

The investigation was conducted by the Hanover Township Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorneys Robert J. O’Hara and Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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 law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.


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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 22, 2018