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Pittsburgh Man Charged With Illegally Possessing Pistol

February 7, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearm laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Bafata L. Sullivan, a/k/a Bafatalusak Sullivan, a/k/a Bafatalusaka Sullivan, a/k/a Bafata Sullivan, 41, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment and information presented to the court, Sullivan possessed a 40 S&W caliber semiautomatic Glock pistol from Feb. 12, 2007, through April 6, 2011.  Sullivan had been previously convicted on Feb. 12, 2007, of Carrying a Firearm Without a License in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year from possessing ammunition or a firearm.

Kedrin "Hoody" Turner, Ernest "Pickles" Harris and Calvin "CK" Kane, who were all identified as being at the scene of Stephon Green's murder with Sullivan on April 6, 2011, are each awaiting trial on their own federal firearms charges. Harris, Turner and Kane all remain in jail.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.  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 defendant.

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 Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.  Individuals with information on Stephon Green's murder may contact the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Unit at 412-323-7161.

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

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