Mountain Top Woman Facing Firearms Charges
SCRANTON — A Mountain Top woman has been indicted on firearms charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Wednesday.
Sierra Benninger, 24, was indicted on Nov. 13 by a federal grand jury for allegedly making false statements when purchasing a firearm.
According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that on Jan. 30, Benninger provided false statements to purchase a Taurus 9mm handgun, which she was prohibited from possessing as a person who used and was addicted to a controlled substance.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wilkes-Barre Police Department investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting.
If convicted, Benninger could face a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, a term of supervised release and a fine.
The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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.
— STAFF REPORT