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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2015

New Jersey Man Sentenced For Firearms Law Violation

Prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Tuckertown, NJ, has been sentenced in federal court in Johnstown to 36 months in prison and three years’ supervised release on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Abdur Rahmen Abdullah, 33, of Tuckertown, NJ.

According to information presented to the court, on Jan. 10, 2013, Abdullah possessed a Remington, Model 870 Wingmaster, 12 gauge shotgun. On July 1, 2008, Abdullah was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of NJ of being a felon in possession of a firearm, which is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Mr. Hickton commended the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Johnstown Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Abdullah.

According to Mr. Hickton, this case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, 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