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Wilkes-barre Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Federal Prison For Possessing Firearm In Connection With Drug Trafficking

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

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