Carnegie Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Law Violation
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 16, 2010, that on April 15, 2010, Andre Vermar Walker a/k/a Knight, a resident of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal firearms laws.
Walker, age 25, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.
In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle advised the court that on August 27, 2008, Walker, a convicted felon, was found by the Pennsylvania State Police in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson, .44 Magnum caliber revolver while inside Billy's Bar on Jefferson Street in Washington, Pennsylvania. According to Eberle, Walker later admitted to the police that he possessed the revolver during a shooting incident involving several individuals at Terry's Lounge in Canton Township, Washington, Pennsylvania, on August 12, 2008.
Walker was previously convicted in the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, on February 26, 2007, of the crimes of Firearms Not to be Carried Without a License, Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, and Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance. These are crimes that are punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year to possess a firearm.
Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for August 13, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, the City of Washington Police, and the Washington County District Attorney's Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Andre Vermar Walker.
This case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.