Friday, June 22, 2012

Judge Sentences Pittsburgh Man to 11 Years in Prison for Violating Firearms Laws, Supervised Release Conditions

PITTSBURGH—A resident of Pittsburgh has been sentenced in federal court for violating federal firearms laws and the conditions of his federal supervised release, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Eric Durah, 36, was sentenced to serve 10 years (120 months) in prison followed by three years of supervised release by United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab. On January 7, 2011, Durah transferred a firearm to a person he knew was under indictment for a felony crime. Durah was also sentenced to serve one year (12 months) in prison, to be served consecutively to the 10-year prison term referenced above, for violating the conditions of his supervised release that were imposed as part of prior federal drug trafficking and firearms convictions and sentences.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; the United States Postal Inspection Service; the Pennsylvania State Police; the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office; the Ross Township Police Department; the Canonsburg Police Department; and the Allegheny County Police Department for the successful investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case.

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