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North Braddock Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Gun Possession Charge

June 25, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 25, 2010, that Shawreed J. Fitzgerald, a resident of North Braddock, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal firearm laws.

Fitzgerald, age 22, pleaded guilty to one count 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 Fitzgerald possessed a .40 caliber semi‑automatic Smith and Wesson pistol and ammunition on December 2, 2009, after having been previously convicted on January 1, 2009, on charges of sexual assault, indecent assault on a person less than 13 years old, and corruption of minors.  The charges involved two different children.

Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for Friday, October 29, 2010 at 10:00 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.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives and the Braddock Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Fitzgerald.

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