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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
David J. Freed
, United States Attorney
Contact: Dawn Mayko

Lackawanna County Man Charged with Possession of Illegal Firearm Silencers

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Joseph Kamosky, age 36, of Damascus, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for possession of illegal firearm silencers.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Kamosky possessed three illegally-made firearm silencers on or about October 25, 2018, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Scranton Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jeffery St John is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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

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.

The maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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