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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Philadelphia Man Charged For Failure To Report For Service Of His Sentence

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Warren Johnson, age 28, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was indicted on December 3, 2019, by a federal grand jury on charges of failure to appear at the Bureau of Prisons for the commencement of his previously imposed sentence.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Johnson was sentenced to a term of 78 months’ imprisonment on October 30, 2019 on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin) to which he had previously pleaded guilty.  Johnson, who was on bail at the time of his sentencing, asked the court for permission to surrender to prison on November 15, 2019 so that he could take an electricians’ exam.  Instead of reporting to prison as required on that date, Johnson allegedly cut his electronic ankle bracelet monitor and was at large until his arrest by Philadelphia Police on November 23, 2019.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur is prosecuting the case.

Indictments 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 maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of 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 December 4, 2019