For Immediate Release
Duquesne Men Indicted on Firearms and False Statements Charges
PITTSBURGH, PA – Two Duquesne, Pa., residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal firearms laws and making false statements to federal law enforcement United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The five-count indictment, returned on March 21 and unsealed on August 9, 2018, named Khalil Armstrong, 26, and Melvin Bowles, 24, as the defendants.
According to the indictment, in February 2018, Armstrong and Bowles conspired to make false statements in the acquisition of a firearm. On February 7, 2018, Armstrong made false statements to a licensed firearm dealer in the acquisition of a firearm. On February 12, 2018, Armstrong made false statements to federal law enforcement. On February 15, 2018, Bowles allegedly possessed a firearm as a convicted felon.
The defendants face a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, 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, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Timothy M. Lanni is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.