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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
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Previously Convicted Felon from McKeesport Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

PITTSBURGH — A resident of McKeesport has been sentenced in federal court to 48 months of incarceration, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan imposed the sentence on Rashawn Walker, 32.

According to information presented to the Court, on Dec. 28, 2021, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Walker threatened to shoot up the location of his girlfriend. About two hours later, he physically assaulted and pulled a gun on another woman. Almost immediately after this second incident, the defendant was stopped by police and found in possession of a Glock pistol, with a round in the chamber, and a 24-round extended magazine. In connection with the sentencing hearing, the Court also received evidence of the defendant’s ongoing possession of firearms on other occasions. Federal law prohibits possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon.

In imposing the sentence, Judge Ranjan noted that the defendant’s threatening conduct and ongoing possession of firearms warranted a sentence above the advisory sentencing guidelines range.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas C. Maloney prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Olshan commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Walker.


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