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Pittsburgh Felon Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm

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 a term of one day imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, with the first six months to be served on home detention, on his conviction of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Eric Wesley Triplett, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to the information presented to the court, City of Pittsburgh Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which the defendant was a passenger. Triplett ran from the vehicle and discarded a loaded firearm, which officers recovered. Based on a prior conviction, the defendant is not permitted to possess a firearm.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Conti stated that the defendant’s possession of a loaded firearm was a very serious and dangerous offense.

Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Song commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Triplett.

Updated November 2, 2017

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