Convicted Felon on Supervised Release Charged with Possessing a Machinegun in Furtherance of Fentanyl and Heroin Trafficking
PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court today on a charge of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced.
According to information presented to the court, on or about February 22, 2019, Kenyetta Jones, age 27, knowingly possessed a firearm and ammunition as a previously convicted felon. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Jones also admitted to possessing with the intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl at the time of the offense.
United States District Court Judge W. Scott Hardy sentenced Jones to 60 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.
Assistant United States Attorney Carl J. Spindler prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, along with the Department of Homeland Security conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Jones.