PITTSBURGH, PA- A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of conspiracy, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The one-count Indictment named, Haliston Este, age 27, of Pittsburgh, PA 15207.
According to the indictment, on or about May 30, 2020 and continuing thereafter until on or about May 31, 2020, Este conspired to steal or unlawfully take from the premises of a person who is licensed to engage in the business of dealing in firearms any firearm in the licensee’s business inventory that has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. According to the indictment, Este and his co-conspirators used a crowbar in an attempt to gain entry to Allegheny Arms, located on Library Road, in Bethel Park, PA and National Armory, located on Broadhead Road, in Moon Township, PA, using a getaway driver as a means to flee.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.