Police: Man lied about criminal past

A Roaring Spring man is facing charges after police said he lied about a past criminal record while attempting to purchase a firearm in February.

According to charges filed by Freedom Township police, Terry M. Pronchick, 41, attempted to purchase a firearm at the East Freedom Walmart on Feb. 29 and filled out the required Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives form.

Police said Pronchick answered no to the question on whether he had ever been convicted of a felony or any other crime for which the judge could have imprisoned him for more than one year.

Police said the background check showed Pronchick pleaded guilty to one count of access device fraud with a sentence of more than one year in 2013.

Pronchick is facing a felony count of giving a false written statement to purchase a firearm and a misdemeanor count of providing a false statement.

He was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger and freed on $10,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13 in front of Blattenberger.


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