For Immediate Release
Pittsburgh Man Convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Gun, Ammunition and Drugs
PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Tyree Jrevae Booker, age 41, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on December 6, 2018, Booker possessed a Hi-Point pistol and ammunition, knowing that he had previously been convicted of crimes punishable for a term exceeding one year, including an August 14, 1996 conviction for voluntary manslaughter in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. He also possessed quantities of crack cocaine, cocaine and methamphetamine with the intent to distribute those substances.
Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for April 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 30 years in prison, a fine of $1,250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Booker. Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.