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Former Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Possessing 2 Stolen Firearms while on Parole for Carjacking

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

PITTSBURGH, PA – A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was sentenced in federal court to 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on LaRon Hollaman, 29. Judge Bissoon also required that this sentence must be served consecutive to any state parole violation.

The court was advised that on May 6, 2017, a Robinson Police Officer observed Hollaman engage in suspicious drug activity in the parking lot of the Hilltop Inn. The officer then followed Hollaman to a nearby GetGo gas station where he approached the defendant to investigate further. When asked for his license and registration, Hollaman told the officer, "I just did six up at State," referring to his prior conviction. Hollaman continued to tell the officer, "There are two guns loaded underneath the front passenger seat." Hollaman was removed from the car and handcuffed. Police then recovered two loaded Glock firearms, which were reported stolen out of the City of Pittsburgh. At the time of his arrest, Hollaman was on Pennsylvania State parole for committing a carjacking and two separate illegal firearms possession charges.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Robinson Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the guilty plea and sentence in this case.

Updated March 12, 2019

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