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Former Oil City Resident Sentenced to 96 Months in Prison for Conviction of Robbery and Firearm Offenses

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

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Oil City, Pennsylvania, plead guilty and has been sentenced to 96 months in prison on his conviction of Hobbs Act robbery and violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Mark Daniel Fenstermaker, 39.

According to information presented to the court, on or about October 14, 2021, Fenstermaker committed a robbery of Spanky’s Tobacco World in Venango County, Pennsylvania and used or carried a firearm which was brandished in furtherance of the robbery.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Oil City Police Department, and Venango County District Attorney’s Office for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Fenstermaker.

Updated November 14, 2023

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