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Seventh Man Charged In North Side Swap Meet Robbery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Seven residents of Pittsburgh have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal firearms, narcotics and robbery laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The five-count second superseding indictment named Rayshaun Jones, 25, Aaron Farrow, 25, Kevin Allison, 21, Derrick Holliday, 26, Troy Hexstall, 26, Dejarnette Blanchard, 20, all of whom are incarcerated, and Zane Lundy, 26, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to the second superseding indictment presented to the court, between Sept. 14, 2010, and Sept. 15, 2010, Jones, Farrow, Allison, Holliday, Hexstall, Blanchard, and Lundy conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of marijuana and to rob the Swap Meet, a business engaged in interstate commerce, as well as its owner, vendors, employees and customers of money, merchandise and marijuana. On Sept. 15, 2010, Jones, Farrow, Allison, Holliday, Hexstall, Blanchard and Lundy robbed the Swap Meet, as well as its owner, vendors, employees and customers and as a result thereof obtained among other things, $300-$400 and one kilogram of marijuana. During the robbery, Jones, Farrow, Allison, Holliday, Hexstall, and Lundy carried, used and possessed firearms, including: a 5.7 x28 caliber Fabrique Nationale Herstal Belgium rifle, model PS 90, a .223 caliber Sturm and Ruger Rifle, model Mini-14, a .40 caliber Beretta handgun, a .357 Glock handgun, and a handgun of unknown make and model.

The law provides with respect to Jones, Farrow, Allison, Holliday, Hexstall, and Lundy for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years to a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of $1,250,000, or both, and with respect to Blanchard for a maximum of fifty years in prison, and a fine of $1,000,000.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the second superseding indictment in this case.

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.

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

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