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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wilkinsburg Man Sentenced To 12+ Years In Prison For Violating Federal Firearms Laws

PITTSBURGH - A Wilkinsburg resident has been sentenced in federal court to 12 years and 7 months in prison on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence yesterday on Alfred Collier, 34.

According to information presented to the Court, on June 27, 2013, Collier possessed a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Further, Collier admitted that he possessed that firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Diamond accepted the Rule 11 sentence negotiated by the two parties, but stated that given Mr. Collier’s significant criminal history, the sentence negotiated by the Government and the defense was “borderline,” meaning that it was on the low-end of what the Court considered reasonable.

Assistant United States Attorney Eric S. Rosen prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Allegheny County Probation, and the Wilkinsburg Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Collier.

Updated July 14, 2015