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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Philadelphia Man Charged With Possession Of Stolen Pistol

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania today announced the return of a three-count indictment against Steven Oliver Singletary, age 27, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The indictment charges Singletary with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the indictment alleges that on July 2, 2014, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Singletary, a convicted felon, possessed a stolen Glock Model 17 9mm pistol which had an obliterated serial number.
     If convicted of all the charges alleged in the indictment, Singletary faces a 25-year prison term, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $750,000 fine.            

     The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Williamsport Bureau of Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Philadelphia Division.  Prosecution of this matter has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel. 

     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 guilty 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.

Updated April 9, 2015