22 Year old York Springs man sentenced to only probation for multiple firearms straw purchases

31 January 2024- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jordan Bryan Griffie, age 22, of York Springs, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jennifer P. Wilson to serve two years probation based upon his previously entered guilty plea to straw purchasing three firearms for individuals who were prohibited from possessing firearms.

According to United States Attorney Gerard Karam, on three separate occasions in 2020, Griffie purchased firearms from a licensed firearms dealer and falsely stated at the time of the purchases that he was the actual purchaser. He subsequently falsely reported that the firearms were stolen because he feared those firearms might be used in illegal activities.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the York County Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler and former Assistant United States Attorney Paul Miovas prosecuted the case.