For Immediate Release
Duquesne Felon Charged with Illegal Gun Possession
PITTSBURGH - A resident of Duquesne, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The one-count Indictment named Deandre Darnell Hawkins, age 23, formerly of Duquesne, PA, as the sole defendant.
According to the Indictment, on September 19, 2019, Hawkins possessed a firearm, knowing he had been previously convicted of carrying a firearm without a license, which is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. Federal law prohibits anyone from owning a firearm who has been convicted of a crime for a term of one year or longer.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense(s) and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Indicate relevant bond/detention information if known
Assistant United States Attorney Douglas C. Maloney is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Allegheny County Police Department 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.