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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Pennsylvania
Eric G. Olshan, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Ambridge Resident Charged With Possession of Machinegun

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Ambridge, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for violating federal firearms law, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Nasean Hunt, 18, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on or about July 9, 2023, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, Hunt illegally possessed a machinegun—a 9mm Glock handgun affixed with a gold “automatic conversion switch.” Federal law prohibits the possession of a machinegun as well as any part, such as a switch, that is designed for use in converting a weapon into a machine.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $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 DeMarr W. Moulton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Beaver County Detective Bureau and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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