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

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bedford County Felon Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Everett, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $250 on his conviction of unlawful possession of firearms by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Gene F. Bussard, 42, of Everett, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, 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.

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

Mr. Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Bussard.

According to Mr. Hickton, Bussard was 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.

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Updated October 24, 2016