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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Perry County Man Charged With Federal Firearms Violations

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury in Harrisburg returned an Indictment charging David Auman, age 37, of Liverpool, with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Auman was also charged with trading the stolen handgun for heroin and being a user of illegal drugs while in possession of a firearm.

The matter was investigated by the Harrisburg Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Harrisburg Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe has been assigned to prosecute the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law is 30 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $ 750,000 fine. 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.

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 May 20, 2015