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Felon Gets 70 Months For Possessing Ammunition

February 9, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of the Greenway housing plan in Pittsburgh, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 70 months in prison and three years supervised release on his conviction of a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence yesterday on David Somerville, 22.

According to information presented to the court, on Dec. 27, 2009, Pittsburgh Police Officers received a call from security at an apartment complex that Somerville was chasing someone with a gun.  They located Somerville who began to flee on foot.  During that foot pursuit, officers observed a magazine (clip) from a pistol fall from his possession.  The magazine was marked "Sig Sauer" and contained seven live 9mm rounds.  A Sig Sauer pistol was found with one matching round in the chamber, but without a magazine, the next day on the path of the foot pursuit. Somerville admitted possessing the ammunition, but did not admit to possessing the firearm.  Somerville had previously been convicted at two different cases in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County on June 12, 2008, of the crimes of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Corruption of Minors. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year in prison from possessing ammunition or a firearm.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Ambrose noted Somerville's nearly constant involvement with the criminal justice system since the age of 14 and that his record is replete with arrests for guns, violence and drugs.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

This case was 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.

Mr. Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for conducting the investigation that led to the prosecution of Somerville.

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