An Erie man pleaded guilty in federal court to violating federal firearms laws, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

William Eldridge, 58, entered the plea to a single charge.

Eldridge possessed a firearm while being a convicted felon May 18, 2020, according to information presented to the court.

He will return to court for sentencing Jan. 30 at 1:45 p.m.

Eldridge faces a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, depending on the seriousness of the crime and any prior criminal history.