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PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Duquesne, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.
The one-count Indictment named Keyjuan King, 22, as the sole defendant.
According to the Indictment, King was a convicted felon who unlawfully possessed a firearm and ammunition.
According to the previously filed complaint and supporting affidavit, detectives observed King walking hastily through a parking lot and quickly approaching an occupied vehicle in the street. Detectives saw that King had a firearm visible in the front pocket of his shorts and was clutching the handle of the unholstered firearm. Fearing that King would potentially harm the individuals inside the vehicle, detectives approached him on foot and asked him to show his hands. When King noticed the detectives, he turned and fled on foot. While King was fleeing, he removed the firearm from his shorts and ran toward the wood-line behind a building. He rounded the corner behind the building and was out of detectives’ sight for a brief time. King stumbled, fell, and was eventually taken into custody. A K9 then searched and found a fully loaded firearm in the hillside, woodline area in the vicinity of where King had been when he was not in the detectives’ sight. King is a convicted felon, so it is a violation of federal law for him to possess a firearm.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, 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, if any, of the defendant. On August 3, 2021, King was released to home detention with location monitoring, as well as other conditions.
Assistant United States Attorney Ira M. Karoll is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.