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York woman sentenced for buying guns with straw | USAO-MDPA

HARRISBURG — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Intermediate District of Pennsylvania announced that Hannah Lapham, 23, of York, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on April 22, 2022 by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to one year probation for conspiring to make false statements in the purchase of firearms. The term of probation includes three months of home confinement.

According to U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus, Lapham previously admitted to purchasing a firearm in February 2021, for another person who was prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm. During this purchase, Lapham falsely told the seller that she was the real purchaser of the firearm. Lapham also admitted that she later attempted to purchase two additional firearms for that same person.

That case was prosecuted under the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, York County Drug Task Force and York City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli prosecuted the case.

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