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Uniontown Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing Weapons

September 6 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - On Aug. 31, 2011, A resident of Uniontown, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Von Hilton Weygandt, 30, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about Aug. 28, 2009, Weygandt, a convicted felon, possessed an S&W, .45 caliber pistol, a Paraordinance .45 caliber pistol, and a Colt, .32 caliber pistol.  Weygandt was previously convicted in the Court of Common Pleas, Fayette County on March 31, 2006, in two separate cases of the crime of Possession With Intent to Deliver controlled substances, and on June 22, 2000, in the Court of Common Pleas, Fayette County of the crime of Aggravated Assault.  These are all crimes that are punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year to possess a firearm.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for Nov. 21, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a  mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years to a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Almon S. Burke, Jr. 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 that led to the prosecution of Von Hilton Weygandt.

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