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

Monday, March 7, 2016

Judge Sentences Pittsburgh Man to 5 Years in Prison for Drug and Gun Law Violations

PITTSBURGH -A Pittsburgh resident has been sentenced in federal court to five years’ imprisonment on his convictions of possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on 20-year-old Raymear Jernigan.

According to information presented to the court, on or about Oct. 17, 2014, after having been convicted of a felony drug offense, Jernigan possessed a Taurus, .38 special revolver. Jernigan also possessed over 200 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute it.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Ambrose stated that the term of imprisonment of five years underlines the seriousness of the offenses.

Assistant United States Attorney Tonya Sulia Goodman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Jernigan.

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