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TW: Sexual assault, domestic violence
A former McKeesport and Monongahela resident who was released from federal prison after seven years violated the terms of his parole by committing new crimes, federal prosecutors said.
Now, Santana Wygant, 40, faces another three years in prison, plus an additional five years of supervised release.
Wygant was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer in Pittsburgh, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song.
Fischer imposed the maximum sentence allowed, Song said.
In 2007, Wygant was arrested in West Virginia on charges that he sold crack cocaine near a playground in Clarksburg and pleaded guilty to the charges in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg in June 2009. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.
His sentence was reduced in 2012 and court records indicate that Wygant was released to a halfway house on the Boulevard of the Allies in downtown Pittsburgh in 2015.
That's when, according to federal court files, Wygant began contacting his ex-girlfriend, who lives near the Elizabeth area.
Court records indicate that Wygant's ex-girlfriend twice obtained protection-from-abuse orders against Wygant after she told authorities he had raped her.
According to documents filed in federal court, Wygant is accused to obtaining day releases from the halfway house, going to his ex-girlfriend's home, and forcing her to have sex against her will.
In one instance, according to court records, Wygant is accused of throwing his ex-girlfriend's small child onto a bed because she wouldn't go to sleep.
Wygant also tested positive for marijuana on at least two occasions, prosecutors allege, and failed to report to his probation officer or to attend mandatory drug treatment.
Prior to imposing sentence, Fischer said that Wygant began his "criminal career" as a juvenile, with a conviction for armed robbery, and had continued to be arrested multiple times as an adult, and that she was imposing the maximum penalty in order to protect the public.
Wygant faces additional jail time if he has any contact with the rape victim or his infant daughter, Song said.
Originally published October 26, 2017.