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A Washington County felon pleads guilty to federal gun possession charges

November 24, 2018

A Washington County felon accused of possessing a gun pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges, federal prosecutors say.

James Roosevelt Leach, 47, of Washington, Pa., admitted guilt to before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

State police pulled over Leach during a traffic stop on Dec. 14, 2016 near the city of Washington in Washington County.

Police say they discovered a box of 9mm ammunition underneath the driver’s seat, according to a federal news release.

State police seized a loaded, stolen 9mm semi-automatic Ruger pistol, which Leach admitted to the state police that he bought on the street.

Federal law prohibits a convicted felon from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Leach is scheduled to be sentenced March 12. He could be ordered to serve 10 years in prison, pay a $250,000 fine, or both.

State police and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation.

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