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Grand Jury Indicts Braddock Man On Gun Charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ One resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one‑count indictment named Rondale Nelson, a/k/a Marvin James, 28, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Nelson possessed a semi‑automatic handgun on March 19, 2010, despite two previous convictions for carrying a firearm without a license and a conviction for drug dealing. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year to possess a firearm or ammunition.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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

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.

An indictment or information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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