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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wilkes-barre Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Federal Prison For 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 was sentenced to five years in prison today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking felony.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Tristan Somers, previously pleaded guilty to committing the crime in Wilkes-Barre during May 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.

Judge Kosik ordered Somers to be placed on two years of supervised release following his prison sentence, and pay a $100 special assessment.

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

Updated April 9, 2015