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Felon Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Possessing Pistol

June 10, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 180 months in prison followed by five years supervised release on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Haron Tucker a/k/a Daniel Smith, a/k/a Ronald Tucker, 34.

According to information presented to the court, on June 21, 2007, Tucker possessed a Bersa .380 caliber semi‑automatic pistol.  Because Tucker has previously been convicted of offenses punishable by imprisonment in excess of one year, federal law prohibits him from carrying a firearm. Tucker had three prior felony drug convictions, which meant a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years incarceration applied.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Pittsburgh Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Tucker.

This case was prosecuted as part of 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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