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

Friday, September 12, 2014

York Man Charged With Being A Convicted Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Shannon Williams, age 36, of York, Pennsylvania was indicted and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

     According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, on March 19, 2014, police were dispatched to a York residence in response to a domestic disturbance complaint.  During a consent search, police located a gun allegedly used to threaten the victim of the domestic incident.  Williams is a previously convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms.  If convicted, Williams faces a term of imprisonment of up to ten years and a fine of $250,000.

     This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the York City Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 17, 2015