United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania

02/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/25/2021 16:00

North Versailles Felon, 18, Charged with Illegally Possessing Ammunition

PITTSBURGH, PA One resident of North Versailles, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Deonte Hollis, 18, as the sole defendant.

According to Indictment, on or about February 6, 2021, Deonte Hollis, a convicted felon, possessed rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition. Federal law prohibits a convicted felon from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

At each count, the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000.00 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Doolittle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive and the Duquesne Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice's violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.