Northwestern Pennsylvania arson suspect gets 5 years in federal prison on weapons charges

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RIDGWAY, Pennsylvania — A 57-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania man awaiting trial on state arson and drug charges has been sentenced to five years in federal prison on weapons charges.

Francis Milliard, of Ridgway, was sentenced by a federal judge in Erie on Monday. He previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with another man who helped Milliard recover guns that had been seized from him by law enforcement officials. The friend falsely claimed to own the guns, which he gave back to Milliard — who is not allowed to own them because he's a convicted felon.

Milliard is still awaiting trial on charges he burned down a home in Elk County in May 2012 and with drug possession and assault relating to the beating of a drug dealer with a wooden club in 2011. That man allegedly owed Milliard $240 from a drug deal.

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