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Federal jury convicts Penn Hills man on drug charges

| Friday, July 20, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

A federal jury of five men and seven women took 2 1/2 hours to convict a Penn Hills man guilty of violating drug and gun laws.

Howard Kelley, 21, of Sylvania Street, was arrested in 2005 on charges of having more than 50 grams of crack cocaine that he planned to sell. He also had a loaded .223 caliber assault rifle at the time he was arrested.

Investigators said they found the drugs and gun in the bedroom of Kelley's home. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov 16. Kelley faces between 15 years and life in prison, a fine of $1.25 million, or both.

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