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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Gun and Ammunition

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a federal firearm violation charge, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Ryan Gainer, 36, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on June 14, 2016, Ryan Gainer, a convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 15 years and up to life 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 of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Doolittle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated September 7, 2016