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Pittsburgh-area men convicted of 2017 drug robberies

Patrick Varine
| Monday, May 21, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Two Pittsburgh-area men were convicted by a federal jury Monday of robbery, and multiple drug and gun violations.

Kahlil Shelton, 23, formerly of Duquesne, and Deron Howell, 25, formerly of Swissvale, are accused of an August 2017 armed drug robbery in Cranberry in which one person was shot and wounded.

Howell faced additional charges as prosecutors contend he was involved in a July 2017 robbery of four people he picked up at Pittsburgh International Airport. Prosecutors said Howell drove the four victims to Pittsburgh's Lincoln-Lemington neighborhood, where they were held at gunpoint and robbed of $6,700 and their luggage.

“This case arose from a marijuana deal gone bad when the buyers attempted to rob the seller. Shots were fired and one of the participants was wounded. All of this occurred in a quiet Cranberry neighborhood,” said U.S. Attorney Scott Brady. “Project Safe Neighborhoods, the federal program to combat the illegal use of firearms, is designed to address exactly this type of violent criminal activity.”

Police were able to link the two crimes due to their similar styles, Brady said.

Shelton could face more than seven years in prison, and Howell faces more than 30 years. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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