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Felon Charged With Illegally Possessing Handgun

June 17, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 17, 2010, that on June 16, 2010, Lin Rashied Jones of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws.

The one‑count indictment named Jones, age 33, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on November 11, 2009, Jones, after having been convicted on September 15, 1999, of the crime of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, on October 25, 2000, of the crimes of delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and on May 4, 2001, of the crimes of delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, all of which are crimes punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, possessed a 9mm pistol.  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.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr., who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of life 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 City of Pittsburgh 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 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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