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Lancaster man gets 16 years in federal prison on gun charge

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By Jenny Hartley

A Lancaster man was sentenced to almost 16 years in federal prison on a gun charge last week.

Larry Ingram Jr., 24, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The federal case against Ingram began with an incident in the city of Lancaster on April 11, 2008.

According to a Lancaster Police Department report, officers were investigating a disturbance at a store on Chesterfield Avenue.

Ingram began walking away from officers and then ran toward Rock Street. The report said officers chased him and recovered a loaded .40-caliber handgun that Ingram threw away during the chase.

Officers caught Ingram and charged him with strong-arm robbery, simple possession of marijuana, carrying a pistol and resisting arrest.

The police report said Ingram was trying to rob four people in a car when officers drove into the store parking lot.

Ingram, who was found to be an armed career criminal, is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

His prior state convictions are for aggravated assault and battery, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, unlawful carrying of a weapon, possession of a pistol by a person under 21 and breaking into motor vehicles.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Lancaster Police Department.

It was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151