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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Erie Felon Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing Shotgun and Ammunition

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 32 months in jail on his conviction of violating federal firearm laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Mark Anthony Gnacinski, Jr., 30.

According to information presented to the court, Gnacinski unlawfully possessed a 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition while being prohibited from firearm possession because he is a convicted felon. Gnacinski unlawfully possessed the shotgun and ammunition at approximately 2:30 a.m. while in Erie, Pennsylvania.

This case 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.

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

Acting United States Attorney Song commended the Erie Bureau of Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Gnacinski.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated February 14, 2017