Crime

A woman won a drawing for a gun. Now she’s facing charges.

A Tyrone woman is facing charges after illegally trying to gain possession of a firearm, according to state police at Philipsburg.

Tina Marie Markel, 46, entered a gun drawing for a Remington 597 .22 caliber long rifle. The raffle was carried out by Belding and Mull, a business off the 1800 block of Port Matilda Highway in Rush Township.

Markel won the drawing and attempted to obtain the firearm in January 2016, but was denied after filling out paperwork incorrectly, according to an affidavit. She had allegedly checked “no” to having ever been committed to a mental institution. She then checked “yes” after the denial and filled out a Pennsylvania Instant Check System Challenge form, which provides access to background records to determine if a person is eligible to acquire a firearm.

The denial drew the attention of state police, and a trooper was assigned to the case.

Markel was charged Tuesday with felony material false written statement related to the purchase, delivery or transfer of a firearm and misdemeanor false swearing in an official proceeding.

She was released on her own recognizance by District Judge Allen Sinclair at a preliminary arraignment.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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