Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to illegal possession of firearm, loaded magazine

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 100.1 FM and 1020 KDKA) – A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty in federal court to a violation of federal firearms laws that was connected to a large-scale investigation by the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force.

David Benson, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and is one of 40 defendants charged in the Indictment of Superseding Indictment.

On June 20, 2019, Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force agents executed a search warrant of Benson’s residence that he shared with his girlfriend and codefendant, Raelynn Stevenson.

Agents seized a Glock firearm and loaded magazines at the residence.

Benson, who has two prior felony convictions, acknowledged that he brought the guns into the residence, and that he was aware that he was not lawfully permitted to possess a firearm.

The law provides a total sentence of no more than 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Federal Sentencing Guidelines state that the actual sentence be based on seriousness of the offense and prior criminal history, if any.