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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Pittsburgh Felon Sentenced to Prison for Violating his Supervised Release Conditions

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 18 months in prison on his conviction of violating supervised release conditions, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Kenneth K. Gaines.

According to information presented to the court, Gaines had previously been sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment by Judge Schwab and began his supervised release on January 25, 2018. Gaines was arrested by Pittsburgh Police on April 4, 2018, and those charges are pending against him. He admitted to the following supervised release violations: he frequented a place where controlled substances were illegal, sold, used and distributed; he failed to acquire a lawful occupation; he associated without permission with persons convicted of felonies; he possessed a controlled substance, namely marijuana and ecstasy, as demonstrated by positive urine tests; and he failed to participate in a mental health assessment or treatment program.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Schwab stated that it is imperative for Mr. Gaines to cooperate with authorities and to take full responsibility for his own actions.

Assistant United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the United States Probation Office for the successful prosecution of Kenneth K. Gaines.

Updated May 1, 2018