Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearm and Ammunition
PITTSBURGH—A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on a charge of Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one-count indictment, returned in Oct. 13, named Larry Christopher Roberts, 47, of Verona, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, on or about June 4, 2015, Roberts possessed a firearm and ammunition 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office 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.