For Immediate Release
Gardner Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm
BOSTON – A Gardner man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for a federal firearm offense.
Edwin Labaw, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 39 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In March 2018, Labaw pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Labaw was arrested in November 2017.
On Sept. 19, 2017, Labaw and another individual, Travis Miller, sold an undercover agent a double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun, a 9mm Kel-Tech Sub 2000 rifle, and 11 rounds of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition in exchange for $1,200. Miller and Labaw met again with an undercover federal agent on Sept. 27, 2017, and sold the agent a 7.62x39mm caliber SKS rifle, along with ammunition and magazines, in exchange for $1,800.
According to court documents, Labaw has prior felony convictions and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.
Miller was also arrested in November 2017 and subsequently convicted in federal court with being a felon in possession of ammunition and with distributing fentanyl. Miller was sentenced last month to 80 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Valuable investigative assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester, Gardner, and Fitchburg Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office prosecuted the case.