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Three Washington County Residents Plead Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws

October 25, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Three residents of the city of Washington, Pa., each pleaded guilty in federal court on Wed., Oct. 24, 2012, to two counts of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Matthew James Comer, 30; Justin Michael King, 34; and Shawn Eugene Rogers, 36, each pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Comer, King and Rogers had 27 prior convictions between them at the time they possessed 14 stolen firearms that included rifles, shotguns and handguns.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for Rogers on Feb. 13, 2013; Comer on Feb. 14, 2013; and King on Feb. 15, 2013. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of: up to 20 years in prison for Comer; up to life in prison for King and Rogers; and a fine of up to $500,000.00 for each defendant. 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 defendants.

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.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan B. Ortiz is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Matthew James Comer, Justin Michael King and Shawn Eugene Rogers.

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