PITTSBURGH, PA - Two former residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charges of violating federal firearms laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.
The two-count Indictment named the defendants as Angel Perez, 55, formerly of Philadelphia, PA 19134 and his son, Troy Perez, 28, formerly of Philadelphia, PA 19125.
According to Indictment, on or about September 15, 2021, Angel Perez and Troy Perez, both convicted felons, were each in possession a firearm and ammunition. Federal law prohibits a convicted felon from possessing both firearms and ammunition.
At each count, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000.00 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Doolittle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.