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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Steelton Man Sentenced For Federal Firearm Violations

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that the Honorable William W. Caldwell sentenced Donnell Thomas, 27, of Steelton, Pennsylvania, to serve 87 months in prison.  Thomas had previously pleaded guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the charges against Thomas are a result of allegations that in February 2013, Thomas attempted to ram a vehicle being driven by uniformed officers from the Harrisburg Police Bureau. He then fled from those officers but was ultimately apprehended after discarding a firearm with an obliterated serial number from the waistband of his pants. Upon his arrest, bags containing a controlled substance were seized from his person and his vehicle.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Harrisburg Police Bureau and was being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor as part of the on-going cooperative effort by federal, county and Harrisburg law enforcement agencies to fight violent crime in the city.

Updated April 17, 2015