Harrisburg Man Federally Indicted for Drug and Firearm Offenses
HARRISBURG, PA—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Tyler Brookin-Jones, 24, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg. The indictment charges Brookin-Jones with distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the charges against Brookin-Jones are a result of allegations that Brookin-Jones distributed cocaine base, also known as “crack cocaine,” on two occasions in Harrisburg in April of 2015. Law enforcement officers later found Brookin-Jones in possession of a stolen firearm.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Harrisburg Bureau of Police. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.
Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
The maximum penalty under federal law is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.