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

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

New Kensington Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Violating Gun and Drug Laws

PITTSBURGH – A Westmoreland County resident has been has been sentenced in federal court to 144 months’ imprisonment, followed by five years’ supervised release, on his conviction of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Kevin Witcher, 41, of New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

According to information possessed by the Court, on or about Feb. 3 and 4, 2015, Witcher, a convicted felon, illegally possessed a Ruger, .357 caliber revolver, and a Zastava Arms PAP, Model M85PV pistol. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing a firearm. Additionally, Witcher possessed with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, and 500 grams or more of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance, and distributed and possessed with intent to distribute an additional quantity of heroin, while possessing the two firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Assistant United States Attorney Katherine A. King prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Witcher.

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Updated May 10, 2016