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Date: 06-12-2024

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United States of America v. Richard James

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Judge: Robert J. Colville

Court: The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Committing Series of Armed Robberies

A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court to 180 months of incarceration, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $26,583.43 in restitution on his conviction of robbery and firearms violations, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced.

United States District Judge Robert J. Colville imposed the sentence on Richard James, 33.

According to information presented to the Court, in April and May of 2021, James committed a series of armed robberies of cellular phone stores in the Pittsburgh area, during each of which James brandished a pistol at store employees. During one robbery, James ordered a store employee to the ground at gunpoint before demanding that the employee put cell phones in his bag. At another robbery, James rushed an employee as she was entering the back storage area of the store and then dragged her into the room. While holding that employee at gunpoint, James demanded that a second employee fill his bag with cell phones. The Court was also informed that James was found in illegal possession of a firearm in August 2021. As a previously convicted felon, James is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

“The successful investigation and prosecution of Richard James for his commission of several violent armed robberies was a collaborative effort between our office, the ATF, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Swissvale Police Department, and Wilkinsburg Police Department,” said U.S. Attorney Olshan. “Among the results of that collaboration is that James will be spending the next decade and a half in federal prison. The United States Attorney’s Office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels to help protect our communities from gun violence and prosecute those who attempt to carry out such crimes.”

“Stopping firearms-related violent crime and bringing justice for its victims is core to ATF’s mission,” said Eric DeGree, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Philadelphia Field Division. “I hope the sentencing of Richard James brings closure and helps restore a sense of security to his victims and the communities he terrorized.”

Assistant United States Attorney Douglas C. Maloney prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Wilkinsburg Police Department, and Swissvale Police Department for the investigation leading to the prosecution of James.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 180 months of incarceration, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $26,583.43 in restitution

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