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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pittsburgh Man Made False Statements When Purchasing Firearms

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal firearm laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Charles Douglas Warner, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts before Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about July 19, 2009, and on or about October 9, 2009, Warner made false statements to a federal firearms licensee in connection with his purchase of two firearms. In addition, on those dates, Warner was a fugitive from justice, had pending felony drug and firearms charges, and was an unlawful user or addicted to controlled substances when he possessed those firearms.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for Oct. 15, 2013. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Troy Rivetti is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Pittsburgh Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Charles Douglas Warner.

Updated July 14, 2015