Pittsburgh Felon Pleads to Illegally Possessing a Pistol

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PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Tyrell Johnson, age 32, of the Bon Air section of the City of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on August 13, 2020, the defendant possessed a loaded 9mm caliber Taurus pistol while traveling as a passenger in a vehicle. The defendant had four prior felony drug convictions for possession with the intent to deliver controlled substances at the time of the offense.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for October 12, 2022, at 11:30AM. The law provides for a total sentence of up to life in prison, a fine of $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, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court ordered that the defendant remain detained.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan D. Lusty is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the joint investigation that led to the prosecution of Tyrell Johnson.