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Pittston Man Sentenced To Nearly Two Months In Prison For Bringing Gun Into Federal Building

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 58-year-old Pittston resident pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick to nearly two months in prison for unlawfully possessing and causing to be present a loaded firearm inside the William J. Nealon Federal Building in Scranton on June 5, 2014.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Jerome Vantaggi, was sentenced to time already served in prison, which totaled 55 days.

     The charge against Vantaggi resulted from an investigation by the United States Marshals Service.

     Vantaggi must also pay a $25 special assessment, and serve a year on supervised release. Judge Mehalchick ordered that Vantaggi may not possess a firearm while on supervised release and must undergo a mental health evaluation.

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

Updated April 9, 2015