Wilkes-Barre Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Firearm In Connection With Drug Trafficking
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 31-year-old Wilkes-Barre man pleaded guilty today before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to carrying and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking felony.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Tristan Somers, admitted to committing the crime in Wilkes-Barre on May 28, 2014.
Somers was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 3, 2014, following an investigation by special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Wilkes-Barre Police, and Kingston Police.
Somers faces a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence and a potential maximum sentence of life in prison. Judge Kosik ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing will be scheduled after the completion of the pre-sentence report.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.