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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Troy Hill Man With Several Convictions Charged With Illegally Possessing Gun

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment names Kia Jones, 35, of Pittsburgh, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on Feb. 9, 2014, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, Jones possessed a firearm after having been convicted of several felony crimes. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a sentence of not less than 15 years’ incarceration, and up to life, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorneys Katherine A. King and Craig W. Haller are prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015