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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Braddock Man Pleads Guilty to Escaping from Renewal Center

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of escape from an institution, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Devon Johnson, age 29, of Braddock, Pa., pleaded guilty on March 6 to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on August 31, 2016, Johnson escaped from the Renewal, Inc. Residential Reentry Center, where he had been confined pursuant to a judgment and commitment order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for July 19, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, 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 prior criminal history of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued the defendant’s detention.

Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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

Updated March 7, 2018