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Pittsburgh Man Admits Violating Federal Firearms Laws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2012

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

Eric Durah, 35, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that, on Jan. 7, 2011, Durah sold or otherwise disposed of a pistol to someone he knew, or had reasonable cause to believe, was under indictment for a felony crime.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for June 21, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $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 Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Allegheny County Sheriff's  Office, the Ross  Township Police Department, the Canonsburg Police Department, and the Allegheny County Police Department investigated this case.

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