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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Judge Sentences Convicted Felon to Jail Time for Illegally Possessing Pistol

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A felon from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to six months’ imprisonment, followed by three years’ supervised release, on his conviction of violating the federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Aaron Lyons, 23, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, on or about August 27, 2015, Lyons, a convicted felon, was in possession of a .40 caliber Taurus pistol. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm.

Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lyons. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 19, 2018