Recidivist Offender Sentenced to Nearly 15 Years in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Machinegun While on Supervised Release
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Farrell, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and firearm violations, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.
Dimetrius Morris, 39, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Robert J. Colville.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that, on February 20, 2020, Morris possessed with the intent to distribute cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine, as well as a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime on that date.
Judge Colville scheduled sentencing for May 22, 2024. For the drug trafficking charge, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of not more than $1,000,000, or both. For the firearms offense, the maximum penalty is not less than five years in prison and up to life, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both. Under the federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Sharon Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Farrell Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Morris. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.