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Friday, September 26, 2014

Former Erie Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison Violating Federal Firearms Laws

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 144 months in prison on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. imposed the sentence on Joseph Lee Ollie, 56.

According to information presented to the court, on December 5, 2012, Ollie pled guilty to falsifying statements on an application/record of sale in an attempt to purchase a firearm. In a separate case, on January 29, 2014, Ollie was found guilty by a jury of unlawfully possessing a stolen Mossberg Model 500 shotgun while being prohibited from firearm possession because he is a convicted felon. In addition, at the time Ollie possessed the stolen firearm, he was subject to a domestic abuse restraining order, prohibiting him from firearm possession.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Ollie.

Updated July 14, 2015