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Pittsburgh Felon Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing a Stolen Rifle and Ammunition

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to eight years (96 months) in prison on his conviction of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Cheron Shelton, age 34.

According to information presented to the court, on March 12, 2016, Shelton possessed a stolen .22 caliber rifle and ammunition that was recovered from his mother’s residence by Allegheny County Police Homicide Detectives. The rifle and ammunition were recovered during the investigation into the March 9, 2016 murder of five people in Wilkinsburg, PA. The rifle was not used in the March 9, 2016 mass shooting.

Assistant United States Attorneys Doug Maloney and Brendan Conway prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the efforts of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The resolution of this case was the result of the collaborative effort of these agencies.

Updated April 22, 2021

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