Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Jail for Violating Federal Firearm Laws

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ERIE, PA — A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 30 months in jail on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, announced United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan.

United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter imposed the sentence Wednesday, September 20, 2023, on Dustin Robert Patterson, 30.

According to information presented to the court, in and around February 2022, Patterson possessed a firearm while being a convicted felon. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm. In addition, the firearm was possessed while Patterson was subject to a Protection From Abuse order.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Baxter noted Patterson’s lengthy criminal history which included crimes of violence.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the United States Marshal’s Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Patterson.

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