Maryland Man Admits Guilt In Gun Shop Robbery
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 16, 2010, that on June 15, 2010, Jason Keller, a resident of Hyattsville, Maryland , pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearms laws.
Keller, age 30, pleaded guilty to three counts before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.
In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt advised the court that Keller stole 30 firearms from the inventory of a federally‑licensed firearms dealer and was part of a conspiracy to steal firearms from that and two other federally‑licensed firearms dealers. Keller and his coconspirators attempted to use a stolen vehicle to pull the front doors from Kaufman's Antique and Gun Shop in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 2007. The strap broke before they were able to gain evidence and they were unsuccessful in stealing guns.
The group, who used the "A‑Team" theme song, attempted to smash a stolen van through the front doors of the Gander Mountain store in Coraopolis on August 2, 2007. The van's transmission failed along with the attempt to steal firearms.
The group was successful on August 17, 2007, when they smashed a stolen vehicle through the front doors of FAZI Firearms in Plum Borough, Pennsylvania. Keller confessed to selling most of the stolen firearms in the greater Washington, DC area. When arrested, ATF found two sawed‑off shotguns in Keller's home.
Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for Friday, October 22, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the Judge remanded Keller to jail. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jason Keller.