Pennsylvania Felon Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing a Gun

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A former resident of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced this week in federal court to a total of 84 months in prison for violating federal firearms laws and his conditions of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

Senior United States District Judge David Cercone imposed the sentence on Terrence Pasley, age 34.

According to information presented to the court, on January 16, 2021, Mr. Pasley illegally possessed a firearm as a convicted felon, and violated the conditions of his release by possessing that firearm. Federal law prohibits an individual who has been convicted of a felony from possessing a firearm.

Assistant United States Attorney Nicole Ann Stockey prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Chung commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for conducting the investigation leading to the conviction in this case.

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This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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