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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Sharpsburg Felon Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to four years of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Christopher Flewellen, age 28.

According to the information presented to the court, Detectives from the Allegheny County Police Department observed Mr. Flewellen in possession of a firearm, which we was prohibited from possessing due to a prior conviction for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan D. Lusty is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Allegheny County Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Christopher Flewellen. This case is brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated May 20, 2021