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Erie Man Sentenced For Violating Federal Gun Laws

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 4 years probation, 24 months home detention and ordered to forfeit firearms, destructive devices and explosive materials on his conviction of violating federal gun laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Gerald Szymanowski, 67.

According to information presented to the court, on or about June 19, 2014, Szymanowski possessed approximately 38 unregistered firearms, including machineguns, silencers and destructive devices not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer record and manufactured approximately 372 devices of varying sizes containing explosive materials.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cercone commented on the seriousness of the offense, but imposed the sentence on Szymanowski primarily because of Szymanowski’s frail health.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Szymanowski.

Updated July 14, 2015