Federal Jury Finds Pittsburgh Man Guilty of Robbery, Conspiracy and Firearms Offense
PITTSBURGH, PA - After deliberating for two days, a federal jury on Friday found Deon Reese guilty of three counts of robbery, conspiracy, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
Reese, 47, of Pittsburgh, was tried before United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Doug Maloney, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that on March 23, 2017, Reese conspired with others, both known and unknown, to rob the victim of drugs and money. During the robbery, the victim was shot and critically injured, nearly dying from his wounds. Reese then engaged in efforts to prevent the witness from testifying at trial, including soliciting a coconspirator to bribe the victim not to come to court, and requesting others to contact and follow the victim.
Judge Ranjan scheduled sentencing for May 18, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of up to life in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court ordered the defendant to remain detained.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm, and Explosives, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Reese.