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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 2, 2018

Erie Felon Admits Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Improvised Firearm

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearm laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Jesse Lee Anderson, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Anderson unlawfully possessed ammunition while being prohibited from firearm possession because he is a convicted felon. In addition, Anderson possessed an improvised firearm device utilizing two pipes capable of discharging a shot, not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for July 16, 2018 at 12:45 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Marshall J. Piccinini is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Marshal’s Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Anderson.

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