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Felon Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing Firearm

July 28, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, July 28, 2010, that Jawan Barnett Coachman, a/k/a Darryl Clark, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to violating federal firearms laws.

Coachman, age 26, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking advised the court that on January 8, 2008, during a routine traffic stop, Coachman, a convicted felon was found in possession of a Taurus, 9mm caliber pistol.  Coachman was previously convicted in the Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County on September 5, 2000, of the crime of burglary.  This is a crime that is 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 McVerry scheduled sentencing for November 23, 2010 at 10:30 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.

Pending sentencing, the court ordered that Coachman  remain in custody.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the City of Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Coachman.

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