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

Monday, December 1, 2014

Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Crack Cocaine

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of distribution of cocaine base, in the form commonly known as "crack," United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

John D. Malden, 40, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on April 25, 2013, Malden distributed less than 28 grams of crack cocaine.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for April 9, 2015, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Malden.

Updated July 14, 2015