Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Pistol
PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one-count indictment, returned on April 29, named Diontai L. Moore, 30, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, on or about Aug. 25, 2013, Moore, being a convicted felon, illegally possessed a FEG, model PA-63, 9mm short caliber pistol. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
The law provides for a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison to a maximum of life, 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 of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Doolittle of the United States Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment of Moore.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.