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East Pittsburgh Man Charged With Firearms Law Violation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 20, 2010, that Colin Peays of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws.

The one‑count indictment named Peays, age 28, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on August 21, 2009, Peays, a convicted felon, possessed a Taurus, .41 magnum caliber revolver. Since Peays has previously been convicted of a felony offense, federal law prohibits him from possessing a firearm.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Swartz, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Penn Hills Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

According to Mr. Cessar, this case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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