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Washington County Man With Multiple Convictions Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Illegally Possessing Guns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 12, 2010, that Mark Bradford Yarbrough Sr., a resident of Washington, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh to 180 months (15 years) of incarceration and 5 years supervised release on his conviction of possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

Chief United States District Judge of Gary L. Lancaster imposed the sentence on Yarbrough, 43.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt, on April 25, 2005, Yarbrough was found in possession of a .357 caliber Dan Wesson Arms Revolver, and on September 12, 2005, Yarbrough was in possession of a .45 caliber Ruger Pistol.  Yarbrough was previously convicted in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County:

  1. On or about September 10, 1987, at Criminal No. 652 of 1987, of the crimes of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
  2. On or about October 31, 1997, at Criminal No. 1452 of 1997, of the crime of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.
  3. On or about October 31, 1997, at Criminal No. 1453 of 1997, of the crime of delivery of a controlled substance.
  4. On or about September 15, 1995, at Criminal No. 949 of 1994, of the crime of delivery of a controlled substance.
  5. On or about September 15, 1995, at Criminal No. 1213 of 1995, of the crimes of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

During the sentencing hearing, Chief Judge Lancaster specifically noted that Yarbrough is an Armed Career Criminal with a total of 10 convictions and 14 other arrests.

The defendant's son, Mark Bradford Yarbrough, Jr., was sentenced to 120 months of incarceration, on September 7, 2007, by Chief Judge Lancaster. Yarbrough, Jr. was convicted of violating federal narcotics, money laundering and witness tampering laws.

Mr. Cessar commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Donora Police Department and the City of Washington (PA) Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of the Yarbroughs.

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