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Pottsville Man Sentenced To One Year And One Day Imprisonment For Destruction Of Government Property And Firearm Offense

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

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on May 4, 2021, Joshua Keller, age 30, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to one year and one day imprisonment followed by a two-year term of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, for destruction of government property and lying during the purchase of a firearm.  Judge Mariani also ordered Keller to pay $39,393 in restitution. 

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Keller had pled guilty to one count of destruction of government property and one count of lying during the purchase of a firearm. While under the influence of methamphetamine, Keller vandalized two GSA vehicles in a Virginia parking lot by repeatedly striking them with a tire iron and spraying down the inside of the vehicles with a fire extinguisher. In a separate incident, Keller purchased a firearm for an individual in exchange for methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the GSA Office of Inspector General.  Assistant United States Attorney Scott R. Ford prosecuted the case.

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Updated May 6, 2021