For Immediate Release
Philadelphia Felon Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing a Firearm With an Extended Magazine While on Parole for Robbery
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Tyree Little, 22, of Philadelphia, PA, pleaded guilty earlier this week, just before trial was scheduled to begin today, to illegally possessing a firearm with an extended magazine.
The charge stems from an incident in July 2021, during a vehicle stop for a traffic violation, when Philadelphia Police Officers observed a firearm with an extended magazine sticking out from under the driver’s seat of the defendant’s car, where the defendant was seated. Little pleaded guilty to possessing that firearm, which he was not able to lawfully possess due to a prior felony conviction for robbery.
The defendant was on state parole for the robbery at the time, and he was also a participant in the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Call-In Program. The PSN Call-In Program is a violence prevention and re-entry initiative coordinated by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Parole Field Services, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The program, which is part of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods strategy, has been in operation since 2013 and is designed to reduce violent crime and recidivism of individuals returning from state incarceration to the 1st, 3rd, 12th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 39th Police Districts in Philadelphia. Parolees attend a one-time meeting with law enforcement and community members imploring them refrain from violence and firearms possession. Law enforcement officials deliver a clear message of deterrence, warning parolees that if they continue to commit crime, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Following this meeting, parolees receive connections to resources to assist with their re-entry process into general society.
“Our Office is invested in the successful re-entry of previously convicted individuals to our communities for many reasons, chief among them is ensuring public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “Once their debt to society has been paid and their sentence served, previously convicted individuals often require extra support and services to become productive citizens, which is why the PSN Call-In Program exists. But participants are made aware that if they don’t adhere to the terms of the program including refraining from committing additional crimes, they will face serious federal charges as a result.”
“ATF is determined to make our streets safer by working with our local, state, and federal partners,” said Matthew Varisco, Special Agent in charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “We are committed to identifying and prosecuting armed criminals, especially repeat offenders, and remove them from our communities.”
“The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Parole Field Services Department in particular sincerely appreciate the support and cooperation the U.S. Attorney’s Office has invested in this matter as well as in our ongoing partnership,” said Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Acting Secretary George Little. “Continued communication and collaboration between all levels of law enforcement is essential to building stronger, safer communities.”
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department Highway Patrol, and is being prosecuted by AUSA Jeanine Linehan, Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit, and Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Shulman.