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

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Drug User Indicted on Firearms Charges

PITTSBURGH, PA - A Greene County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal firearm laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The two-count Indictment named Chester Aaron Hostutler, 34, of New Freeport, PA, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on two separate occasions in August 2020, Hostutler knowingly possessed a firearm and ammunition as a drug user or addicted person.

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 offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J, McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Firearms Offenses
Updated September 29, 2021