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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Johnstown Felon Sentenced To 92 Months In Prison For Unlawfully Possessing A Gun

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 92 months in prison and three years supervised release on his conviction of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on John A. Hinton, 32, as the sole defendant.

According to information presented to the court, on April 3, 2012, Hinton, who had been convicted in 2007 in Cambria County, Pa., of delivery of cocaine, unlawfully possessed an H & R pistol. Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year from possessing ammunition or firearms. Delivery of cocaine is such a crime.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Johnstown Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hinton.

According to Mr. Hickton, Hinton 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.

Updated July 14, 2015