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Three Allegheny County residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for violating firearms laws.
In a 13-count indictment returned on Tuesday, Joshua Bristo, 23, and James Pamplin Jr., 21, both of Clairton, along with Richard Van Holt Jr., 27, of Mt. Oliver, were charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with a witness by threat of physical force, and brandishing, using, carrying, and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, said U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.
Prosecutors said that the three men were not eligible to own firearms due to past felony convictions. Instead, Hickton said, the men falsified purchase forms so that they could buy weapons.
The indictment also charges that in March 2015, Bristo pointed a gun at a witness and threatened to kill him.
“Individuals who illegally sell guns end up arming violent criminals, who time and again pull the trigger on our streets and put the public’s safety at risk,” said Sam Rabadi, a special agent-in-charge in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.and prosecute gun crimes.
“ATF will continue to shutdown illegal gun running networks and put the traffickers behind bars to make our homes, streets, and communities a lot safer and more peaceful," Rabadi said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. In addition to ATF, police officers from Clairton and North Versailles Twp. conducted the investigation as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to prevent, deter
Originally published March 02, 2016.