Pennsylvania Man Indicted for Possessing a Machinegun


PITTSBURGH, PA — On Tuesday, a former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearm laws, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

The one-count Indictment named Dontrel Bentley, age 37, formerly of the City’s North Side, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on or about October 24, 2022, Bentley possessed a machinegun.

The law provides for a term of imprisonment of not more than ten years, a fine not to exceed $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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