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Stolen guns trader gets five to 15 years in jail

Trosky charged in 2020 for drug bust

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Gallitzin man charged in 2020 with trading stolen guns for drugs has rendered guilty pleas in exchange for five to 15 years in prison.

Michael Gerald Trosky, 46, offered the pleas Monday in Blair County Court.

Defense attorney Douglas Keating said his client would enter pleas to dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity, illegal possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communication device, burglary, receiving stolen property and trespassing.

Other charges were dismissed in exchange for the negotiated plea presented to Judge Timothy M. Sullivan.

Trosky was identified in May 2020 as “Mountain Mike,” based on a nine-month investigation that involved Altoona police, the Blair County Drug Task Force, the state Attorney General’s Gun Violence Section and the Blair County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation developed after police executed a search warrant in August 2019 at an Altoona motel room where a confidential informant bought methamphetamine. Inside the room, police found and seized 19.24 grams of methamphetamine, 90 packets of heroin and five guns — a DPMS AR-10 rifle, a Ruger Mark 1 .22-caliber pistol, a Ruger Charger .22-caliber pistol, a Thompson Center Super 14 pistol and a Charles Daly Maxi Mag 12-gauge shotgun — which police learned had been presented in exchange for drugs.

That investigation led police to Trosky and to Paula Cross, both of Gallitzin, who were subsequently accused of acquiring the guns while burglarizing a vacant Altoona residence on the 1400 block of 22nd Avenue, between June 1, 2019, and Sept. 18, 2019. The house belonged to a deceased relative of Cross, charges indicate.

The investigation also resulted in criminal charges being filed against Michael Burchfield and Summer Heil of Altoona, who were accused of using the motel room to sell heroin and methamphetamine and of accepting the guns for drugs.

Burchfield and Heil submitted guilty pleas in March to various criminal charges in connection with their offenses. In exchange, Heil was sentenced to two to six years in a state prison. Burchfield’s sentence, on hold pending a presentence investigation, is scheduled for Nov. 23.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.

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