York Woman Sentenced In Connection With Straw Purchasing Firearms

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HARRISBURG—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Hannah Lapham, age 23, of York, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on April 22, 2022, by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to one year of probation for conspiring to make false statements during the purchase of firearms.  The term of probation includes three months of home confinement. 

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Lapham previously admitted that she purchased a firearm in February 2021, for another individual who was prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm.  While making that purchase, Lapham falsely represented to the seller that she was the actual purchaser of the firearm.  Lapham also admitted that she later attempted to purchase two additional firearms for that same individual.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the York County Drug Task Force, and the York City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli prosecuted the case.

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