Steelton Man Charged With Attempting To Kill A Federal Witness

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HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Melvin R. Thomas, age 43, of Steelton, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on intimidation of a witness and firearms charges. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that on August 24, 2022, in Dauphin County, Thomas retaliated against a federal witness who testified in a federal proceeding. The indictment also charges that Thomas used a firearm in furtherance of the retaliation.  

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Steelton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Consiglio is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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