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Felon Sentenced to 13+ Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm

June 25, 2014

PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh resident was sentenced yesterday in federal court to a total term of imprisonment of 163 months (13 years, 7 months) on his conviction of possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and for committing this crime during his federal supervised release for a prior federal drug-trafficking and firearms conviction, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill imposed the sentence on Gregory Earl Nash, 33, of Pittsburgh, PA.

According to information presented to the court, on or about Feb. 9, 2013, Nash, a convicted felon, possessed a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm. Nash had been convicted in federal court in Pittsburgh in 2003 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and possessing and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to that drug-trafficking crime. Nash was sentenced to a lengthy period of incarceration for those prior crimes, and following his release from incarceration, he was serving a period of federal supervised release when he was arrested again with the aforementioned firearm.

Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. This case was 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.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Nash.

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