Pennsylvania News: Pittsburgh Felon, Marcus Smith Sentenced to Nearly 8 Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Loaded Pistol

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 92 months’ imprisonment on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Marcus Smith, age 23.

According to information presented to the court, on February 2, 2017, Smith, an individual with several prior felony convictions, did knowingly and unlawfully possess a Glock 9mm pistol loaded with an extended magazine. Smith committed this offense while under supervision for three prior Allegheny County criminal convictions. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Assistant United States Attorneys Heidi M. Grogan and Amy L. Johnston prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Smith.


SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on Friday, September 14, 2018.