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Scranton Man Sentenced To 100 Months’ Imprisonment For Firearms Offense

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

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Victorious Minter, age 28, of Scranton, PA, was sentenced today to 100 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani for a firearms offense.

According to United States Attorney Karam, on January 5, 2022, Minter possessed a loaded Glock 22 .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, loaded with 24 rounds in an extended magazine, after having previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year in prison.  Minter was found guilty after a four-day trial in February of 2024.  During trial, evidence showed that Minter had waived the gun at another driver on the North Scranton Expressway during a road rage incident.  After the other driver called 911, officers with the Scranton Police Department spotted Minter’s car and conducted a traffic stop. During that stop, the loaded pistol was discovered stuffed in the front passenger seat next to Minter’s girlfriend.  Minter’s two-year-old child was also in the backseat of the car.

The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Scranton Police Department, and the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney James Buchanan prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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Updated June 28, 2024

Firearms Offenses