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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Massachusetts

www.justice.gov/usao/ma/news

For Immediate Release

October 23, 2013

Carmen M. Ortiz, United States Attorney

Contact: Christina DiIorio-Sterling
(617)748-3356

USAMA.MEDIA@USDOJ.GOV

Jury Convicts Armed Career Criminal of Illegal Weapons Possession

BOSTON – A former Springfield man was convicted yesterday by a jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield of illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Luis Colon, 30, was convicted following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor of possessing a firearm and ammunition after being previously convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year in prison.

On September 7, 2010, the defendant sold a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol with 14 rounds of Remington 9mm ammunition to a man working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 2, 2014. Because Colon has multiple convictions that make him an armed career criminal, he faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison and five years of supervised release.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Chief William Fitchett of the Springfield Police Department, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

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