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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Grand Jury Indicts Erie Man on Gun Charge

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of violating federal firearm laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment named Mark Anthony Gnacinski, Jr., 29, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Gnacinski unlawfully possessed a 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition while being prohibited from firearm possession because he is a convicted felon.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses 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.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

The Erie Bureau of Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated July 13, 2016