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Penn Hills Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of federal firearms violations, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The two-count second superseding indictment, returned on November 14, named Richard Graves, 35, of Pittsburgh, PA, as the sole defendant.

According to the second superseding indictment, on December 12, 2015, and April 15, 2016, Richard Graves, a convicted felon, was in possession of firearms and ammunition. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 15 years and up to life in prison, an unlimited fine, 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 of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crime.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Penn Hills Police Department, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the Second Superseding Indictment in this case.

A second superseding indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated November 16, 2017

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