Mercer County man pleads guilty to gun charge

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH-The U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh says a Mercer County man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Officials say 20-year old Jashaad Coleman of Farrell, pleaded guilty to one count before a federal judge.   The plea agreement entered into in this case calls for a seven year prison sentence to be served consecutively to the four-year to 11-year sentence Coleman is currently serving in Pennsylvania state custody for a firearm and robbery conviction.

In February, 2013, Coleman was tried before a Mercer County jury for unauthorized possession of a firearm as it related to the aforementioned shooting. Coleman was acquitted of this crime. Federal charges were then brought resulting in the guilty plea to the federal firearms charge.

Coleman faces sentencing in U.S. District Court in September. 

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