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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Man Who Possessed Gun During Apartment Break-In

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Lawrence County and current resident of McKees Rocks, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on Nov. 18, named Antron Jamal Talley, a/k/a Marvin Talley, 37, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Talley possessed a firearm and/or ammunition on or about August 28, 2013, after having been convicted at eight different case numbers of crimes punishable by more than two years in prison. Those convictions include two separate prior firearm charges and seven different Aggravated Assault counts. Previously filed Court documents indicate that Talley was caught inside an apartment by police after a civilian observed him breaking in the door. Police located two loaded guns during the incident.

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. Defendants who have three prior convictions for violent felonies or serious drug offenses face a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of life in prison, under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense 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 and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police 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.

Updated July 14, 2015