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Area man gets 15 years for having gun

Special to The Express

WILLIAMSPORT — Robert Cormier, 32, of Williamsport, was sentenced Monday by Chief United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to serve 180 months’ imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the charges resulted from a shooting incident outside the 5th Avenue Tavern in Williamsport in February 2015, during which Cormier was apprehended with a 9mm Taurus semiautomatic pistol.

Cormier, whose status as a convicted felon prohibited him from possessing firearms, pleaded guilty to the charges in March 2016. He was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act which provides for enhanced penalties for persons previously convicted of three or more drug felonies or violent crimes.

The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Williamsport Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes with firearms.

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