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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 7, 2019

Corry, Pa. Felon Sentenced in Project Safe Neighborhoods Case

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Corry, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 16 months in jail on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on William Jay Blazes, 51.

According to information presented to the court, between May 9, 2018 and June 14, 2018, Blazes possessed an England Firearms Pardner pump shotgun, rifle cartridges and ammunition while being a convicted felon.

Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reductions efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevent and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Probation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Blazes.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated October 8, 2019