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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bedford County Felon Admits Illegally Possessing 19 Firearms and Ammo

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Everett, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of unlawful possession of firearms by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Gene F. Bussard, 41, of Everett, Pa., pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on Nov. 7, 2013, Bussard, who had been convicted in 2003 in Allegany County, Md., of theft, unlawfully possessed 19 firearms and ammunition. Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year from possessing ammunition or firearms. Theft is such a crime.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Oct. 20, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

According to Mr. Hickton, Bussard is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated July 1, 2016