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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Erie Man Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison For Drug, Gun Law Violations

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 111 months in jail on his conviction of violating federal firearms and drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. imposed the sentence on Shawn I., McCrorey, 46.

According to information presented to the court, on January 5, 2013, McCrorey was found in possession of cocaine and a handgun, and a second hangun was found in his residence. Also, McCrorey obtained one of the handguns in December 2012, after lying to a local gun store about his identity and lying that he had no prior felony conviction. McCrorey, known by several aliases, was convicted in 1994 for the crime of delivery of cocaine under the name William Dean, and is therefore prohibited from firearm possession.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cohill commented on the seriousness of the offense and the defendant’s possession of a firearm in furtherance of the drug distribution offense. In addition, Judge Cohill found that the defendant had obstructed justice by lying to the probation officer and the court about his identity. According to information provided to the court, McCrorey has used multiple aliases throughout his criminal history, and evidence revealed that the defendant is actually Jorge Soto.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the EAGLE task force, which is comprised of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, and the Erie Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of McCrorey.

Updated July 14, 2015