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Felon Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing Pistol

March 24, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 24, 2010, that on March 23, 2010, Shawn Leon Rose, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal firearms laws.

Rose, age 36, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle advised the court that on August 23, 2008, Rose, a convicted felon, possessed a Hi‑Point, Model C9, 9mm caliber pistol.  Rose was previously convicted in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County on August 4, 1994, of the crime of robbery.  Robbery 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 Diamond scheduled sentencing for July 21, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of life 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.

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.

The Pennsylvania State Police ‑ Uniontown barracks, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Shawn Leon Rose.

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