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Pittsburgh Felon Charged With Illegally Possessing Gun

September 28, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ One resident of Pittsburgh, Pa. has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of  violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Monty Griffin, 34, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on May 27, 2010, Griffin possessed a Star, .45  caliber pistol.  Because Griffin has previously been convicted of offenses punishable by a term of imprisonment in excess of one year, federal law prohibits him from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Constance M.  Bowden is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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.

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