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PITTSBURGH – A Farrell man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison on federal charges of illegally possessing a firearm because he had previous felony convictions.

Diquan Crowder, 28, was sentenced to 100 months in prison for the crime, U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung for the Western District of Pennsylvania announced Thursday.

He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan, who also sentenced Crowder to three years of supervised release after he is released from prison.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Crowder had a loaded, stolen AK 47-style Zastava pistol at his residence in Farrell when he was arrested Nov. 20, 2020, for the felony crime of drug trafficking. Crowder already had been convicted of a felony gun crime as a result of a state prosecution in 2014 and convicted of felony drug trafficking from another state prosecution in 2016.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case.

The Mercer County Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case. This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent-crime reduction efforts.

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