Recidivist Offender Sentenced to Nearly 15 Years in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Machinegun While on Supervised Release
PITTSBURGH – Brandin Gardner has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon while on federal supervised release following a prior heroin trafficking conviction, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The indictment charges Gardner, age 22, of Pittsburgh, with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon from in and around August 2017 to on or about November 17, 2017.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States. 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 United States Probation Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police 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.