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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania
Gerard M. Karam, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

East Stroudsburg Man Sentenced to 30 Months’ Imprisonment for Conspiracy To Make Straw Purchases of Firearms

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Windall Mitchell, age 34, of East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, was sentenced on April 30, 2024, by U.S. District Court Judge Julia K. Munley, to 30 months’ imprisonment on the charge of conspiracy to make false statements in connection with the purchases of multiple firearms from federally licensed firearms dealers.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Mitchell previously pleaded guilty and admitted to conspiring with his co-defendant, Yesenia Ramos, age 43, of Stroudsburg, to provide false information to federally licensed firearms dealers regarding the purchases of ten firearms between May 15, 2021, and June 14, 2022, in Monroe County.  The firearms were purchased from various federally licensed firearms dealers in Monroe County.  The investigation began after one of the purchased firearms was recovered from another individual by police in New York City.

The charges against Ramos are still pending.

The charge against the defendants resulted from an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara prosecuted 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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