Harrisburg Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Possessing A Firearm As A Convicted Felon

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HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Kshawn Carter, age 25, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 180 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Christopher Conner for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Carter pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen handgun discovered during the execution of a search warrant at his Harrisburg residence on September 23, 2019. Because Carter had three prior felony drug convictions, under federal law, his possession of the firearm mandated the 15-year sentence.  

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Harrisburg Police Bureau. Assistant U.S. Attorney Johnny Baer is prosecuting the case.

This case is being 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.

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