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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, March 5, 2024

Pittsburgh Resident Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

PITTSBURGH — A resident of Pittsburgh was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm after a prior felony conviction, U.S. Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

U.S. District Judge W. Scott Hardy imposed the sentence on Isaiah Wise, 23. Judge Hardy also ordered Wise to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.

Wise previously pleaded guilty in this case to possessing a firearm on December 4, 2021, after prior felony convictions for fentanyl trafficking, unlawful firearm possession and endangering the welfare of children. Prior to sentencing, the court was informed that Wise was on probation for those felony crimes on that date, when he participated in an unlawful scheme to purchase and possess a Glock 27 .40 caliber pistol, a high-capacity drum magazine, and ammunition. Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

U.S. Attorney Olshan commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Wise.

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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