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

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Penn Hills Man Charged With Firearms Violations, Making False Statements

PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh-area resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of firearms violations and making a false statement to the government, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three-count indictment, returned on April 28 and unsealed today, named Michael David Woodson, 27, of Penn Hills, Pa.

According to indictment, Michael David Woodson purchased a gun giving false statements to the gun dealer, knowingly sold the gun to a convicted felon and gave false statements to the government when he was questioned regarding the firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $750,000 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 Soo C. Song is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

Updated July 14, 2015