Man Pleads Guilty to Escaping from Reentry Center

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A former resident of Duquesne, PA, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of escape from custody, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

Keenan Williams, age 25, pleaded guilty on January 27, 2023, to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Sept. 26, 2022, without authorization, Williams knowingly left the Renewal Incorporated Residential Reentry Center, where he was serving a federal sentence pursuant to a conviction for conspiracy to distribute heroin. On Oct. 4, 2022, Williams was arrested by the Monroeville Police Department. At no time between Sept. 26 and Oct. 4, 2022, did Williams return to Renewal Inc. to continue serving his sentence.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for May 25, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, Williams remains detained.

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Williams.

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