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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Guns and Ammunition

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on charges of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four-count indictment, returned on Aug. 17, named Erick Lamont Griffin, Jr. a/k/a Ericc Bucc, age 22, of Penn Hills, PA, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Griffin, Jr. possessed four firearms and ammunition at various times between March and July of 2016, after having previously been convicted in state court of possession with intent to deliver heroin.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 40 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000.00, and the forfeiture of the firearms and ammunition. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. This case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent, deter and prosecute gun crime.

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

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 22, 2016