Last updated: June 12. 2014 9:48AM - 3449 Views
By Edward Lewis

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SCRANTON — A man from Pittston was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with possessing a loaded firearm inside the William J. Nealon Federal Building earlier this month.

Jerome Vantaggi, 58, was charged on June 6 with knowingly possessing a loaded .38 caliber revolver inside the federal courthouse on June 5, according to federal court records.

The charge against Vantaggi resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Vantaggi was ordered detained pending trial by U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick.

A trial has not been scheduled.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the charge against Vantaggi on Thursday.

If convicted of the charge, Vantaggi faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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