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Washington County Burglars Charged With Federal Gun Offenses

July 14, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Three residents of the city of Washington, Pa., have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four-count indictment named Matthew James Comer, 29; Justin Michael King, 33; and Shawn Eugene Rogers, 35, as defendants. King and Rogers currently are in state custody due to their prior convictions; Comer is still at large.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Comer, King and Rogers had 27 prior convictions among them at the time they possessed a list of 14 stolen firearms that included rifles, shotguns and handguns.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of: up to 40 years in prison for Comer; up to life in prison for King and Rogers; and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for each defendant.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendants.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt 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 Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. Individuals having knowledge of the whereabouts of Matthew James Comer should contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at 412-395-0540 or the United States Marshal Service at 412-644-6628.

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

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