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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Johnstown Felon Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Rifle

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court in Johnstown to twelve months, plus one day, to be served concurrently with sentence he is presently serving in Clearfield County, and three years’ supervised release, on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Eric P. Williams, 36, of Johnstown, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, on December 8, 2015, Williams, who had been convicted in 2001 in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, of the felony offense of robbery, which is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did possess in and affecting interstate commerce a Stevens, Model 350, 12 gauge shotgun, and a Mossberg, Model 715T, .22 LR caliber, semi-automatic rifle. Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year from possessing ammunition or firearms.

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

Ms. Song commended the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Williams.

According to Ms. Song, Williams 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.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated September 20, 2017