Erie, Pa. - A former resident of Meadville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearms and drug laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Charles Joseph Butter, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on September 7, 2017, Butter possessed several firearms while being a convicted felon and possessed silencers not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer record. In addition, he also possessed pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and attempted to manufacture methamphetamine.
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Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for March 23, 2020. The law provides for a total sentence of 50 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Butter.