Verona Man Admits Assault On Federal Officers And Gun Use During A Crime Of Violence
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Verona, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of assaulting federal officers and violations of federal firearm laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Frank Perez, Jr., 31, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on October 4, 2011, Perez forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded and interfered with Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, through the use of three firearms, while the agents were engaged in their official duties. In addition, Perez used, carried and discharged the firearms in connection with that crime of violence.
Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for August 7, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than 10 years and up to 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 offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Frank Perez, Jr.