York man sent to federal prison for possession of ammunition as a felon

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Jermaine Johnson, 42, of York, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane in Harrisburg to seven years in federal prison for possessing ammunition as a felon.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Judge Kane noted at sentencing that Johnson had a long history with the criminal justice system, including multiple convictions for drug trafficking and possession of a firearm. The judge noted that for this case, Johnson deserved a sentence in the middle of the sentencing guidelines.

On October 24, 2013, York City Police engaged in a traffic stop of a car Johnson was driving. After he gave the police a false name, Johnson was arrested and his car was searched. Police found a magazine clip containing .40 caliber ammunition. Weeks before this Johnson was shot and taken to the hospital. When authorities sought his cooperation in that shooting, he refused and gave the police a false name.

As a part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Southside initiative, this case was adopted for federal prosecution and Johnson was indicted on September 17, 2014. On October 5, 2015, Johnson entered a guilty plea to possession of ammunition as a felon.

The case was investigated by the York City Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Consiglio.