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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Federal Felon Indicted for Illegally Possessing a Firearm and Ammunition

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms law, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Isaiah Pridgen, age 25, as the sole defendant.

According to Indictment, on or about Aug. 17, 2022, Pridgen was found to be in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Pridgen was previously convicted in the Western District of Pennsylvania of felony crimes including possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 15 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Jerome A. Moschetta is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, as part of the Safe Streets Task Force, conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

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 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.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Updated October 12, 2022