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Pittsburgh Man Convicted On Firearms Violations Sentenced To 92 Months In Prison

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - On Thursday, April 11, 2013, Ebon P. D. Brown, a/k/a "E-Murder" was sentenced in federal court to 92 months of incarceration on his conviction of violating federal firearm laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Brown, 28, was tried before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti in Pittsburgh.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt, who prosecuted the case, the evidence presented at trial established that Pittsburgh Police Impact Unit Detectives observed Brown removing an object from his waistband and hiding it under his seat. The object was determined to be a 9mm semiautomatic handgun loaded with 10 rounds.

The defendant's tattoos include "E Murder 187" on his arm and two smoking semiautomatic handguns on his back with "" written between them. As shown by the recent 2010-2011 ABC television show "Detroit 187" about that city's leading homicide investigators, 187 is a common street term for murder derived from section 187 of the California Penal Code. The defendant's criminal history includes juvenile arrests, starting at the age of 13, for assault, credit card fraud, heroin possession and possession of a pistol with the serial number obliterated. As an adult, Brown has had felony drug convictions, including for the Delivery of Heroin, in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The defendant's girlfriend Brittany McCoy bought the 9mm pistol Brown was found to have possessed while the defendant was working to be released from federal prison in New Jersey. The defendant was serving a sentence there as a result of his federal convictions on a federal heroin distribution charge and carrying a loaded .40 caliber handgun during his drug trafficking.

The defendant recently finished serving a 14-month sentence for violating his federal supervised release on that prior federal case.

Judge Conti noted that Brown had a serious criminal record that required her to impose a lengthy sentence to protect the public.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Ebon "E-Murder" Brown, with valuable assistance from the Allegheny County Department of Laboratories and the United States Probation Office.

Updated July 14, 2015