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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 9, 2016

Gun Thief Daniel Johnson Goes Back to Federal Prison for Violating Supervision

PITTSBURGH - A resident of New Kensington, Pa, has been sentenced in federal court for the third time, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

According to information presented to the court, Daniel Johnson and several accomplices smashed the front window of the Jolar gun dealership in New Kensington on Dec. 14, 2009. and stole three AR-15 type assault rifles and 11 pistols. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives led the investigation which resulted in the charges.

In 2011, Senior United States District Court Judge Alan Bloch originally sentenced Johnson to 24 months in federal prison and three years of supervision by the United States Probation Office.

Johnson later violated that period of supervision and was sentenced in 2014 by Judge Bloch to an additional ninemonths of imprisonment and 27 months of supervision.

While in a halfway house after serving the 2014 sentence, Johnson was arrested for selling heroin. At a hearing held on Dec. 8, 2016, Judge Bloch determined that the defendant’s heroin sale was a serious violation his supervision and sentenced the defendant to another 24 months of imprisonment, followed by 19 months of supervision.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt of the Violent Crime Section of the Office of the United States Attorney prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Song commended the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General Task Force for the investigation leading to the third successful prosecution of Johnson. This task force is comprised of local police officers who work together to investigate drug crimes.

Updated December 10, 2016