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Federal Felon Charged With Illegally Possessing A Firearm

March 22, 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, returned on March 21, named Michquel Curington, a/k/a Michael Currington, 37, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, Curington possessed a model P89, 9mm Ruger pistol on Nov. 23, 2011. Curington had previously been convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of life in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway 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, in conjunction with investigators from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and the Pittsburgh Police, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

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