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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

Convicted Felon from Greenville Pleads Guilty to Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Greenville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court on April 15, 2024, to possessing a firearm and ammunition after a prior felony conviction, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

Devon Smith, 26, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

In connection with the guilty plea, the Court was advised that Smith possessed a firearm and ammunition in December of 2021 following a previous felony conviction. Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for July 30, 2024. 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 is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the conviction of Smith.

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 of Justice 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.


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