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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hill District Felon Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Possessing Weapons, Cocaine

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 15 years imprisonment on his conviction of violating federal firearms and narcotics laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill imposed the sentence on Charles Howard, III, 34.

According to information presented to the court, that on or about March 28, 2012, and again on May 20, 2013, Howard, who has prior felony convictions, possessed firearms. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing a firearm. Also on or about March 28, 2012, Howard possessed and intended to distribute crack cocaine.

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.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan B. Ortiz prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pittsburgh Police Department and the Wilkinsburg Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Charles Howard, III.

Updated July 14, 2015