York City man, labeled career criminal, sentenced to 15 years on gun possession charge

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Prison cell

HARRISBURG, Pa. –  A federal judge in Harrisburg has sentenced Charles Swan, 35, of York, to 15 years in prison for possessing a firearm. Swan was indicted by a federal grand jury in April of 2013. He later pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon in May 2014.

Swan was arrested on July 12, 2012, by York City Police officers after a brief foot pursuit. During the chase, Swan threw a .40 caliber pistol onto a nearby building, which police ultimately recovered. At the time that he possessed the gun, Swan had previously been convicted three times by local authorities for drug trafficking.

Federal law requires that a convicted felon who possesses a firearm, with three or more prior convictions for drug trafficking or crimes of violence, receive a sentence of at least 15 years in prison.

 
Swan was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,600, and that upon his release from prison, serve three years of supervised release under the supervision of the United States Office of Probation.

 
The prosecution was the result of an investigation by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the York City Police.

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