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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced For Possession And Sale Of A Stolen Firearm

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Danelle Christine Wilson, 27, of Tioga, Pennsylvania, who was convicted of possession and sale of a stolen firearm, was sentenced to 21 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that Wilson and co-defendant, Ciera Leann Bennett, were arrested after an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police into the theft of a .38 caliber revolver from the  owner, who lived in Tioga, Pennsylvania. On April 26, 2012, Wilson and Bennett transported the stolen .38 caliber revolver from Tioga, Pennsylvania, to Elmira, NY and sold it in order to buy drugs.

On December 31, 2012, the firearm was recovered in Ithaca, NY. Ballistic testing concluded that the firearm had been used in an officer-related shooting in October of
2012 which seriously injured an Ithaca police officer.

Ciera Leann Bennett was also convicted and sentenced to 16 months in prison.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Updated September 3, 2015