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Uniontown Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing Pistol

September 10, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Uniontown, Penn., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Eric Lee Brown, 36, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on July 7, 2007, Brown, a convicted felon, possessed a Smith & Wesson .45 caliber pistol in connection with his attempt to prevent his vehicle from being repossessed. Brown was previously convicted in the Court of Common Pleas of Fayette County on March 20, 2002, of the crime of Aggravated Assault.  This is a crime that is punishable by a term of imprisonment 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 Lancaster scheduled sentencing for Jan. 21, 2011, 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Uniontown Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Eric Lee Brown.

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