U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Pennsylvania
September 14, 2015

Federal Judge Sentences Pittsburgh Drug Dealer to 30 Years in Prison

PITTSBURGH—A Pittsburgh drug dealer has been sentenced in federal court to 30 years in prison, followed by 10 years’ supervised release, on his conviction of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry imposed the sentence on Kenyatta Robinson, 35, of Lemington Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to information presented to the court at a non-jury trial on June 1, 2015, on Nov. 1, 2013, Robinson possessed with intent to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine and less than 500 grams of powder cocaine. As noted by Judge McVerry, Robinson was “on the run from a half-way house” when he was arrested for this offense.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge McVerry noted Robinson’s lengthy criminal history, which includes three prior felony drug convictions, as well as numerous incidents involving firearms and assaults. As a result, Robinson has been properly designated as a Career Offender under the federal sentencing guidelines. While imposing the lengthy sentence, Judge McVerry further stated that Robinson’s extensive and ongoing contact with the criminal justice system reveals that he has no interest in changing his “destructive” behavior.

Assistant United States Attorneys Amy L. Johnston and Troy Rivetti prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kenyatta Robinson.

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