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Pawn Shop Employee Admits Illegal Firearms Sales

December 14, 2009

Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PHILIP DeFRANCESCO, 40, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to one count of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm. More »

Massachusetts Man Receives Life Sentence for Cocaine Trafficking

December 2, 2009

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced today that Richard Szpyt, age 51, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland to life in prison for his role in conspiring to traffick cocaine. More »

Fugitive Sentenced to Nine Years Imprisonment For Firearms Violations

December 1, 2009

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Jeffrey Craig, 33, formerly of Burlington, was recently sentenced to nine years imprisonment by Chief Judge William K. Sessions III, in Burlington. More »

Woonsocket Man Pleads Guilty To Robbery And A Firearms Offense

November 18, 2009

Robert Beauparlant, Jr., 26, of Woonsocket, pleaded guilty today to robbing a Providence man of a half-kilogram of marijuana and $2,800 in cash and, in a separate case, to being a felon in possession of a firearm. More »

Felon Convicted For Gun Possession

November 2, 2009

A Boston man was sentenced in federal court for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. More »

ATF Led Investigation Targets New London Drug And Gun Trafficking

October 30, 2009

Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Boston Field Division, and Michael L. Regan, State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New London, today announced that 46 individuals were arrested today in and around New London on federal and state narcotics trafficking and firearms charges. More »

Lawrence Man Faces Lengthy Jail Term Following Conviction For Possession of Loaded AK-47

October 2, 2009

A Lawrence man was convicted today in federal court for unlawfully possessing a loaded AK-47 rifle after having been convicted of a felony. More »

Edward And Elaine Brown Convicted

July 9, 2009

Acting United States Attorney Michael J. Gunnison and United States Marshal Stephen Monier announced that a federal jury convicted Edward Brown and Elaine Brown of Plainfield, NH on the following obstruction and weapons-related charges following a 7-day trial… More »

New Bedford Man Sentenced to 164 Months on Gun and Drug Charges

June 29, 2009

A New Bedford man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for distribution of cocaine and sale of an unregistered firearm. More »

Nine Arrested for Firearm or Drug Crimes

June 16, 2009

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) stated that today during an enforcement action led by ATF, nine persons were arrested for firearm or drug crimes and presented for their initial appearances in United States District Court in Rutland. More »

York Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm Charge

June 3, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced that a federal judge sitting in Portland today sentenced Patrick Simpson, age 41 of York, Maine, to serve 5 years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for arson and illegal possession of firearms. More »

New York Man Sentenced for Drug and Firearm Trafficking

June 1, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced that Durrell Williams, 23, of Queens, New York, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, conspiracy to make false statements in firearm transactions, conspiracy to illegally deal in firearms, aiding and abetting false statements in firearm transactions, and possession of firearms by a prohibited person. More »

Norway Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charge

May 22, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced yesterday that a federal judge sitting in Portland sentenced Linwood Lord, age 43 of Norway, to serve 12 months and one day in federal prison for illegal possession of firearms. More »

Missouri Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm Charge

May 22, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced that on May 21 a federal judge sitting in Portland sentenced Charles Richardson, age 26 of St. Louis, Missouri, to serve 12 months and one day in federal prison for illegal possession of a firearm. More »

Maine Man Sentenced for Possession of Sawed Off Shotguns

May 18, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced that Elwin H. Lord, Jr., 38, of Belmont, Maine, was sentenced on May 18, 2009, in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Maine, to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment and 3 years supervised release for the federal crime of possession of unregistered short-barreled shotguns. More »

Richard Szpyt, Sherwood Jordan, and Ramon Dellosantos Found Guilty on Federal Drug Charges

May 13, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced that Richard Szpyt of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Sherwood Jordan of Albany Township, Maine, and Ramon Dellosantos of Haverhill, Massachusetts were found guilty today by a federal jury sitting in Portland of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. More »

Smyrna Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charges

May 11, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced that Horace W. Salley, III, 34, of Smyrna, was sentenced on May 11, 2009, in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Maine, to 63 months of imprisonment and three years supervised release for the federal crime of possession of a firearm after conviction for a domestic violence misdemeanor. More »

Monmouth Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm Charge

May 6, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced today that a federal judge sitting in Portland sentenced Shane Rines, age 35 of Auburn, to serve 46 months in federal prison for illegal possession of a stolen firearm. More »

Project Safe Neighborhoods: Stamford Man Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

April 8, 2009

Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GREGORY COOK, also known as “Country,” 32, of Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. More »

Project Safe Neighborhoods: Joint Gun and Drug Investigation in Bridgeport Results in Nine Arrests

April 2, 2009

Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Jonathan C. Benedict, State’s Attorney for the Fairfield Judicial District, today announced that nine Bridgeport residents were arrested this morning on various firearms and narcotics charges stemming from Operation “Young Gunz,” a Project Safe Neighborhoods investigation conducted by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bridgeport Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service. More »

ATF Increases Reward in Jamaica Plain Arson Investigation

April 1, 2009

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Boston Field Division, has added $5,000 to a reward in a Jamaica Plain arson investigation. Last month, Boston police and fire officials joined ATF in announcing that the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriters Association had set up a $5,000 reward. Now totaling $10,000, the reward is for the arrest of a suspect in connection with three Jamaica Plain fires. More »

Swanville Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charge

March 26, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced that Michael Wyman, 43, of Swanville, pleaded guilty on March 25, 2009, in U.S. District Court in Bangor, to possession of a firearm after being convicted of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. More »

New York Man Convicted by Jury of Federal Drug, Firearm Charges

February 26, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced that following a three-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Portland, Durrell Williams, 23, of Queens, New York, was found guilty on February 25 on all counts of a 13-count indictment. More »

Project Safe Neighborhoods: Bristol Man Sentenced to More Than Four Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession

February 25, 2009

Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TYREE THOMAS, also known as “Pretty,” 25, of Bristol, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 51 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. More »

Project Safe Neighborhoods: Windsor Man Sentenced to 33 Months in Federal Prison for Attempting to Tamper With Grand Jury Witness

February 25, 2009

Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CRAIG HAWKINS, also known as “G,” 37, of Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 33 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for attempting to persuade a witness not to testify against his brother in a federal grand jury proceeding. More »

Drug Conspirator Sentenced to 94 Months in Jail

February 23, 2009

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Bany Perez, 23, formerly of Hartford, Connecticut,was sentenced yesterday by Hon. J, Garvan Murtha in Brattleboro, VI on one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine and one count of conspiring to possess firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. More »

Calais Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Conspiracy Charge

February 17, 2009

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby announced that Leo Blais, 69, of Calais, pleaded guilty on February 10, 2009, in U.S. District Court in Bangor, to conspiracy to illegally transfer firearms to a Canadian citizen. Blais faces a possible sentence of up to 5 years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000, or both. More »

Three Men Indicted for Racially-Motivated Church Arson in Springfield, Mass.

January 27, 2009

Three individuals were indicted today by a federal grand jury in the District of Massachusetts for conspiring to interfere with the civil rights of members of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, a Springfield, Mass., church with a predominantly African-American congregation. More »

Project Safe Neighborhoods: New Haven Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Gun, Crack Cocaine

January 22, 2009

Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANDRE PRESCOTT, also known as “Droop,” 26, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Peter C. Dorsey in New Haven to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. More »

Arrests Made in Springfield, Mass., Church Arson

January 16, 2009

Three individuals were arrested this morning in relation to a church arson on Nov. 5, 2008, in Springfield, Mass. More »

Project Safe Neighborhoods: East Hartford Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Firearm Thefts

January 6, 2009

Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BARRINGTON RAYNOR, 37, of Tolland Street, East Hartford, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his involvement in the theft and sale of more than 70 firearms. More »