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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

McKees Rocks Woman Gets Probation With Home Detention For Purchasing Weapon For Felon

PITTSBURGH – A McKees Rocks resident has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation, including six months home detention with electronic monitoring on her conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence yesterday on Asia M. Harris, 34.

According to information presented to the court, on Aug. 16, 2011, Harris aided and abetted the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Mark Brazil, by acting at his direction in selecting and purchasing, with $800 provided by Brazil, a .40 caliber pistol to which she allowed Brazil access. Harris could lawfully purchase a firearm, while Brazil, a convicted felon whose possession of a firearm is forbidden under federal law, could not.

The firearm was recovered during a search at 96 Stratmore Avenue in Pittsburgh by Allegheny County and Pittsburgh Police on Oct. 16, 2013.

At sentencing, Judge Diamond ordered that the firearm be forfeited to the United States.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Allegheny County Police, and the City of Pittsburgh Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Harris.

Updated July 14, 2015