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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearm

January 17, 2012

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 possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Lin Rashied Jones, 34.

According to information presented to the court, evidence presented at trial established that on Nov. 11, 2009, Jones, after having been convicted on Sept. 15, 1999, of the crime of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and on Oct. 25, 2000, and May 4, 2001, of the crimes of delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, all of which are crimes punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, possessed a fully loaded Mac 11, 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a 30-round magazine.  Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year to possess a firearm or ammunition.

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 Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Jones.

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