Pittsburgh man pleads guilty in federal court to 3 gun and drug incidents
A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty in federal court this week to three incidents where it was alleged he illegally had possession of guns and drugs.
Federal investigators said in a news release that Chance Rice, 26, had possession of a gun that was used in a shooting at a September 2015 candlelight vigil for a Homewood teenager. Several people were injured.
Authorities said Rice, a convicted felon, got possession of the weapon after the shooting and later gave the weapon to another man.
Shortly after, Rice took possession of a gun he asked his then-girlfriend to purchase for her protection, according to the news release from U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady. In October 2015, police who stopped Rice’s vehicle saw the gun and a spent casing, but he fled and was arrested two months later. The gun was later found in an acquaintance’s safe, authorities said.
While Rich was housed at the Butler County Jail in July, his cell was searched and authorities found a piece of paper soaked with a type of synthetic marijuana, according to the release.
Sentencing is set for June 3.
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