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Felon Charged with Violating of Federal Firearms Laws

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - One resident of Pittsburgh’s North Side has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on two charges, both being federal firearm violations, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The two-count indictment, returned on Nov. 29, named Gerald Wayne Underwood, age 36, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on May 17, 2016, Gerald Wayne Underwood, a convicted felon, was in possession of a sawed-off shotgun, which was not registered in the National Firearms Registry to his name. Federal law prohibits possession of such firearms without registration, and federal law further prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm.

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 offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen S. Gilson 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 Bureau of Pittsburgh Police 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.

Updated December 4, 2017

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