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Swissvale man sentenced to 42 years in federal prison

October 3, 2018

A 25-year-old Swissvale man was sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh Monday to serve a little more than than 42 years in prison while his 23-year-old accomplice was sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbery, drug and gun offenses, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

Deron Howell was facing a minimum of 30 years behind bars for his conviction on robbery and related crimes while the second man, Kahlil Shelton of Duquesne was facing a minimum of seven years when they were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Billy Roy Wilson.

Wilson gave both men much more time behind bars.

Prosecutors asked for a stiff sentence because people were restrained while robbed and a 6-year-old child was present during an Aug. 7, 2017, robbery of two people in Cranberry.

In the Cranberry robbery, prosecutors said Howell and Shelton called the victims to say they wanted to buy six pounds of marijuana.

Howell, Shelton and a third, unknown man, went to the victims’ address.

While there, Shelton said he had to go to the bathroom. When Shelton came out, he held a firearm to the heads of the two victims, prosecutors said.

As one of the victims struggled with Shelton and attempted to flee, the third man shot at him, prosecutors said.

In an earlier robbery, Howell and two unidentified men robbed four professional video game players at gunpoint of $6,700 dollars they had planned to use at a video game tournament.

Howell picked up the four victims at Pittsburgh International Airport in his car and drove them to a section of Pittsburgh.

Two unknown accomplices pulled the victims from the car and held them at gunpoint with an AK-47 and a pistol, while Howell stripped the victims of their belongings, the $6,700 and their luggage.

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