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Pittsburgh Resident Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearm Laws

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Isaac Duku, Jr., 22, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge William S. Stickman IV.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on May 28, 2022, Duku Jr. unlawfully possessed ammunition as a convicted felon. Under federal law, a convicted felon is prohibited from possessing ammunition.

The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 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 offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Carl J. Spindler is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pittsburgh Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Isaac Duku, Jr.

Updated July 27, 2023

Firearms Offenses