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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 16, 2016

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Firearms Forms, Illegally Transporting a Gun

PITTSBURGH - A New York resident pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy and firearms offenses, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Donovan Crawford, 21, of Bronx, NY, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, one count of falsification of Firearms Purchase Form, and one count of illegal transportation in state of residency of firearm purchased outside of state of residency, before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from on or about March 27, 2015, and continuing thereafter until on or about Aug. 15, 2015, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Donovan Crawford and others known and unknown to the grand jury, conspired to commit, and did commit, offenses against the United States, that is, to falsify firearms purchase forms, and to illegally transport a firearm from out of state into a state of residency. The court was further advised that Crawford did so by using third parties to purchase firearms on his behalf, both in the state of Pennsylvania, and in the state of West Virginia.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for Dec. 21, 2016, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of incarceration of up to 40 years, a fine of $500,000.00, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Washington Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Donovan Crawford.

This case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crimes.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated September 16, 2016