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Johnstown Felon Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possessing Gun

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 17, 2009
  • Western District of Pennsylvania (412) 644-3500

Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, December 17, 2009, that Tyrone D. Williams, a resident of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court in Johnstown to 10 years in prison on his conviction of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed sentence on Williams, age 39.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., Williams had been convicted in 1990 in Kings County, New York, of robbery in the second degree; in 1995 in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, of Drug Act/delivery of a controlled substance; and in 2000 in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, of Drug Act violation-delivery (delivery of a controlled substance). On August 14, 2005, Williams unlawfully possessed a Charco Inc. .44 Special revolver.

Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year from possessing ammunition or firearms. Robbery and controlled substance delivery are such crimes.

According to Mr. Cessar, this case was prosecuted as part of the 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.

Mr. Cessar commended the Johnstown Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Laurel Highlands Resident Agency, for the investigation leading to the prosecution of Williams.