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Jury Finds Felon Guilty of Illegally Possessing Pistol

December 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - On Dec. 5, 2012, after deliberating 2½ hours, a federal jury of seven men and five women found Akeem Abdul Caldwell guilty of one count of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Caldwell, 27, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was tried before Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose in Pittsburgh.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that on Jan. 24, 2012, Caldwell, being a convicted felon, illegally possessed a Norinco, Model 1911A1, .45 caliber pistol. 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 Ambrose scheduled sentencing for March 14, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of ten years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Akeem Abdul Caldwell. 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.

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