Convicted felon sentenced for possession of gun, ammunition

A Corry man will spend 16 months in jail after being his convicted of violating federal firearms laws.

William J. Blazes, 51, was sentenced in federal court Monday.

Between May 9, 2018 and June 14, 2018, Blazes possessed an England Firearms Pardner pump shotgun, rifle cartridges and ammunition while being a convicted felon, according to information presented to the court.

Man sentenced for child pornography

An Erie man has been sentenced in federal court to serve 8 years in jail plus 6 years supervised release for his conviction for child pornography.

Mark J. Bretz, 29, was handed down the sentence Monday for violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children.

Bretz received computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and used interstate communications to extort several victims into providing him with sexually explicit or suggestive material, according to information presented to the court.

Former postal employee gets probation for stealing mail

An Allegany, New York man was sentenced Monday in federal court to 2 years probation, ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and complete 50 hours of community service for stealing mail.

Bryant Richard, 30, was convicted of theft of mail by postal employee.

From Oct. 2018 to Nov. 2018, Richard, who was a postal employee, stole 18 items of mail which had been submitted to the Postal Service for delivery, according to information presented to the court.

Erie man admits to child pornography charges

An Erie man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court for child pornography.

Kenneth W. Spencer Jr. entered the plea to two counts of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children.

Spencer received and possessed computer images and movies depicting prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, according to the court.

He will be sentenced March 23, 2020 at 12:45 p.m. He faces up to 60 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.

Man pleads guilty to illegal possession of firearms, attempted to make meth

A Meadville man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearms and drug laws.

Charles Joseph Butter, 43, admitted to three counts Monday.

Butter possessed several firearms while being a convicted felon and possessed silencers not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer record on Sept. 7, 2017, according to the court. He is also charged with possessing pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

Butter will appear before a judge for sentencing March 23, 2020. He could spend up to 50 years in prison, pay a maximum fine of $750,000, or both.