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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Felon Facing 10 Years In Prison For Illegally Possessing Gun

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal gun laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Kenneth Hugh Hawkins, 36, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about August 7, 2013, Hawkins possessed a firearm while being a convicted felon

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for February 23, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense 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 Erie Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Hawkins.

Updated July 14, 2015