PITTSBURGH — A federal felon has been sentenced in federal court to one year and one day of additional incarceration in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for violating his supervised release, U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today. .
United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Jamar Lorenzo Harper, 41, of Homestead, PA 15120.
According to court documents, Harper has already served 10 years in federal prison for his involvement in the heroin trade. Information presented to the court indicates that on December 7, 2021, Harper went to his former girlfriend’s house and entered without her permission. There, he punched her in the face and head, causing swelling, bleeding, cuts and scratches before stealing her purse. The victim was treated for his injuries by local emergency medical services and at area hospitals.
The victim did not want to pursue the assault charges filed by the Jeannette Police Department, so they were dismissed in Westmoreland County. Despite this, federal prosecutors have sought Harper’s incarceration for violating his federal oversight. Faced with a federal violation guideline of between 51 and 63 months, the defendant agreed to admit his actions and asked Judge Bissoon to impose the agreed sentence. The defendant told the court he apologized to the victim for ‘putting his hand’ on her, said he was taking anger management classes in prison and said he believed that the agreed sentence was appropriate for his regrettable actions.
Before imposing sentence, Judge Bissoon considered the victim’s request not to sentence the defendant to a prison term and said that after taking a “holistic” view of the whole case , the sentence imposed was sufficient, but not more than necessary. Judge Bisson also ordered the United States Probation Office to monitor the defendant for six years after his release from the BOP and ordered Harper to pay $8,162.50 for the victim’s medical expenses.
Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Chung commended the Jeannette Police Department and the United States Probation Office for their work leading to the successful prosecution of Harper.