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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 3, 2018

Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Pistol and Ammunition

PITTSBURGH, PA- A former resident of Allegheny County has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating firearm laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on August 1, named Paul Anthony Parrish, aka Paul Anthony Carmona, aka Paul Carmona Parrish, aka "Pills", age 41, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, in late 2016 to March 12, 2017, Parrish possessed a 9 mm caliber semi-automatic Ruger pistol and 9 mm ammunition. Parrish has previously been convicted of a felony and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, or both. 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 of the Major Crimes and Violent Crimes sections 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, with valuable assistance from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department and the United States Marshals Service and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

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

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated August 3, 2018