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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 7, 2017

Judge Sentences Pittsburgh Felon with Gun to 15 Years in Federal Prison

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 15 years imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Clifford Wood, 30, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, on February 18, 2016, a West Homestead police officer on patrol near the High Rollers Bar in Homestead, PA, observed Clifford Wood, who was previously convicted of felony drug offenses, carrying, and shooting, what appeared to be a firearm. The officer demanded that Wood drop his gun. Wood refused, and started to flee, dropping the firearm during his flight. Wood was arrested shortly thereafter, and the firearm, a Ruger Security Six .357 revolver, was recovered in the place where the officer had seen Wood discard it.

Assistant United States Attorneys Katherine A. King and Stephen S. Gilson prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Song commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Homestead Police Department, and the Homestead Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Wood.

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Updated April 7, 2017