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Felon on Federal Supervised Release Admits Having Illegal Gun and Ammunition

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of felon in possession of a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

Marcus Thompkins, 27, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Thompkins, after having been convicted of a felony, did knowingly possess a firearm, namely a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol, Model 40 VE and approximately fifty rounds of .40 caliber Winchester ammunition. Thompkins, at the time of the offense, was on federal supervised release. An Officer with the United States Probation Office observed him with the firearm, and, based on that observation, the Probation Office and the United States Marshal Service conducted a search of Thompkins’ home, which led to the seizure of the firearm and ammunition.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for October 19, 2017. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court remanded Thompkins to federal custody.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Marshals Service and United States Probation Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Thompkins.

Updated June 8, 2017

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