Ruling enhances federal penalty for theft of firearms.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday…

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that a change in federal sentencing guidelines dismantles its previous ruling that people convicted of stealing firearms were not subject to an enhancement adding time for carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony.

The ruling came in the case of Jason Keller, 32, of Hyattsville, Md., who pleaded guilty in June to driving a stolen vehicle through the front door of FAZI Firearms in Plum and stealing 30 firearms in 2007.

The government asked for the firearm enhancement, which would have given Keller a recommended sentence of five years and 10 months to seven years and three months in prison.

Source: Brian Bowling for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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