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Felon Admits Illegally Possessing Weapons And Ammunition

June 30, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearm laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Douglas Jamal Galloway, a/k/a Michael Dyer, a/k/a Monroe Dyer, a/k/a Day‑Quan Jones, 33, pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Galloway possessed: a 9 mm caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol and 14 9 mm caliber cartridges on Sept. 11, 2008; a 9 mm caliber Ruger semiautomatic pistol and 18 9 mm caliber cartridges on Nov. 26, 2008; and a 40 S&W caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol and 27 40 S&W cartridges on Oct. 18, 2009. Galloway had been convicted previously at two cases in the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Galloway had also been convicted previously at four cases in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County of Person Not to Possess a Firearm, Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Trespass and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year from possessing ammunition or a firearm.

Judge McVerry scheduled sentencing for Oct. 28, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Churchill Borough Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Galloway.

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