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Incarcerated Man Admits Escaping from Renewal Halfway House

June 6, 2013

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

Derric Mason, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about Aug. 28, 2012, Mason, who had been incarcerated based on a supervised release violation resulting from a 2006 conviction for violating federal firearms laws, escaped from Renewal, Inc., a halfway house located in Pittsburgh.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for Oct. 1, 2013 at 9 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than five years incarceration, a fine of $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 Katherine A. King is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Derric Mason.

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