Local Residents Sentenced After Defying Federal Court Order

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three people from Duquesne have been sentenced to nine months in prison and three years' probation after defying a federal court order.

Shane Brooks, 30; Victoria Morgan, 32; and Bobby Rodgers, 48; all of Duquesne, and Khayri Battle, 36, of Newark, N.J., received the sentences for contempt of court last week from U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, said a spokeswoman for Soo C. Song, acting U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh.

The four had been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying against accused drug traffickers Anthony Pryor and Lance Yarbough, the spokeswoman said. But the four refused to testify at the trial.

Pryor and Yarbough were found guilty in federal court in June of conspiracy to distribute heroin following an investigation that began in 2010 and eventually resulted in 19 people being convicted on heroin and firearms charges.

The two men are to be sentenced by Walton on Oct. 16.

Pryor faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a $5 million fine, while Yarbough faces life in prison and a $10 million fine, a federal court spokeswoman said.

Originally published September 11, 2017.

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