For Immediate Release
Luzerne County Man Sentenced to 18 Months' Imprisonment for Firearms Offenses
SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Heath Hobbs, age 43, of Pringle, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday to 18 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo on firearms offenses.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Hobbs was charged with possession of five stolen firearms. Hobbs admitted to stealing the firearms and trading them for drugs in October 2017.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Kingston Municipal Police Department, and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting the case.
This case is 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.