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West Homestead Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearm

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on Oct. 27, named Latel Tyrone Smith, 37, of West Homestead, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about June 13, 2015, Smith possessed a firearm as a convicted felon. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 15 years imprisonment and up to life, a fine of $250,000.00, 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 of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

This case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent, deter, and prosecute gun crimes.

The West Mifflin Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the State Security and Investigative Services (SSIS) 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 1, 2016

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Project Safe Neighborhoods