The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

May 2, 2014

Buyer didn’t mention felonies

Herald staff

HERMITAGE — A Pittsburgh area man faces charges for skipping mention of felony convictions during an attempted gun transfer, state police said.

William E. Cannon, 50, Munhall, Pa., told police he was trying in December to trade a rifle for a .40 caliber Glock pistol he had seen advertised online by an Ohio man.

The two agreed to split the travel difference and meet halfway at Elite Firearms, Hermitage, where Cannon could fill out required transfer forms for the trade that was denied, police said.

Cannon had checked the “no” boxes asking about previous felony convictions on two forms he signed, police said.

The trooper who reviewed criminal records found that Cannon had been convicted in 1984 for burglary. Asked about that, Cannon said he had been placed on probation and didn’t realize he had been convicted of two felony counts, police said.

Cannon posted bond after he was charged Monday before District Justice Lorinda Hinch, Mercer, with making false written statements in the transfer of a gun and unsworn falsification to authorities.