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Springfield Man Sentenced to 166 Months for Arson of African–American Church

December 22, 2011

BOSTON — A Springfield man was sentenced to nearly 14 years in federal prison today stemming from his role in the arson of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ, a predominantly African–American church, just hours after the election of President Barack Obama. Michael Jacques, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to 166 months in prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release. Jacques was also ordered to pay nearly $1.6 million in restitution, including $123,570 to the Macedonia Church of God in Christ.More »

Hartford Man Charged with Crack and Heroin Distribution, Illegal Gun Possession

December 21, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment today charging ARIEL SANCHEZ, 26, of Garden Street, Harford, with one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine), one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.More »

Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

December 12, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Warwick, R.I., man convicted in federal court in February 2011 of trafficking cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking was sentenced Friday to 181 months in federal prison. Jose Luis Maldonado, 38, a Dominican national, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 121 months in prison on the drug trafficking charges and to a consecutive sentence of 60 months in prison on the firearm charge.More »

Armed Career Criminal Convicted on Federal Drug Trafficking & Firearms Charges; Faces up to Life in Federal Prison

December 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Providence man previously convicted of numerous crimes of violence including drug trafficking crimes was convicted on Thursday by a federal jury in Providence of trafficking heroin and crack cocaine, being in possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Shelton Smalls, 42, faces up to life in federal prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi on March 2, 2012.More »

New Haven Man Sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison for Possessing Stolen Firearm

December 8, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that THOMAS JULIUS, 29, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for possessing a stolen firearm.More »

New Haven Man Sentenced to 62 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession

December 6, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAMES BELL, 28, of New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to 62 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.More »

Nova Scotia, Canada Man Sentenced for Federal Firearm and Drug Violations

December 5, 2011

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Rantel Carlin MaClean, 19, of Nova Scotia, Canada, was sentenced today by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. in U.S. District Court in Bangor, to one and one half years of imprisonment and one year of supervised release. MaClean pleaded guilty, on June 15, 2011, to a three-count Indictment charging him with being an addict in possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possessing a controlled substance.More »

Pawtucket Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison on Federal Firearm Charges

December 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I.– A Pawtucket man was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi to 72 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release on federal firearm charges. Rickey L. Stevenson, 21, of Pawtucket, was charged following an undercover investigation by federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) during which Stevenson sold two sawed-off shotguns.More »

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for Trading Crack Cocaine for Three Firearms

December 1, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SHAWN S. LEHAL, 27, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 80 months of imprisonment, followed by eight years of supervised release, for trading crack cocaine for three firearms.More »

Two Sentenced in Woonsocket Firearms & Drug Trafficking Probe

November 21, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two men charged in a joint federal and local law enforcement investigation into firearms and drug trafficking in Woonsocket, R.I., were sentenced Friday to federal prison. Anthony Otero, 39, of Bronx, N.Y., was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release; and Aaron M. Swan, 24, of Woonsocket, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.More »

Norwalk Man Admits Making and Selling Machine Guns

November 18, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GEORGE UZAR, SR., 48, of Granite Drive, Norwalk, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven to one count of possession and transfer of a machine gun.More »

Massachusetts Man Charged in Federal Court with Importing and Selling Contraband Cigarettes in Rhode Island

November 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A joint federal-state investigation in five states into the alleged importation and sale of hundreds of thousands of packages of contraband cigarettes in Rhode Island resulted with the execution of search warrants in four states Tuesday and Wednesday, and the arrest of a Cambridge, Massachusetts man on federal charges. The alleged importation and sale of contraband cigarettes by Mohamad Mohamad, 35, allegedly deprived Rhode Island of millions of dollars in cigarette tax revenue.More »

Norridgewock Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Federal Firearms Violations

October 14, 2011

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Douglas Stebbins, Jr., 28, of Norridgewock, was sentenced yesterday by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 10 years of imprisonment and three years of supervised release. Stebbins pleaded guilty on June 23, 2010, to being a felon in possession of a firearm.More »

Joseph Zapatero Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Selling Drugs in Windsor and Burlington, Vermont

September 28, 2011

The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Tristram J. Coffin, stated that Joseph Zapatero, 31, of Manhattan, New York, was sentenced on September 26, 2011 by U.S. District Court Judge, William K. Sessions, III to 168 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in Windsor and Burlington, Vermont.More »

Florida Man Admits to Possessing Stolen Gun Silencers

September 23, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RICHARD SLEEVA, 48, of Naples, Fla., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty yesterday, September 22, before Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to one count of possession of a stolen firearm stemming from his possession of stolen firearms silencers.More »

Providence Men Ordered Detained in ATF Investigation into Firearms Trafficking in Providence

September 21, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two Providence men have been ordered detained on federal charges resulting from a year–long investigation by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) into firearms trafficking in Providence. Trini Fuentes, 23, named in a four count indictment, was ordered detained Tuesday by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David L. Martin. Carlos Vazquez, a/k/a Crazy Carlos, 42, named in an eleven count indictment, was ordered detained on Friday.More »

Hartford Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession

September 15, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANIEL TORRES, also known as Danny, 32, of Preston Street, Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 57 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm.More »

South Kingstown Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Firearms

September 6, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A South Kingstown, R.I., man faces up to twenty–five years in federal prison followed by up to nine years of supervised release after pleading guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to trafficking firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Stanley Bates, 32, pleaded guilty as charged by way of an Indictment to selling a pair of firearms and ammunition in Rhode Island to a known convicted felon, and to selling a firearm to a person he believed was from Massachusetts and who told him he was prohibited from possessing a firearm.More »

Stamford Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Firearm and Drug Offenses

August 31, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that GREGORY RUSSELL, also known as Fat G and G, formerly of Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for violations of federal firearms and drug laws.More »

Providence Felon with 7 Prior Convictions & Juvenile Adjudications Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

August 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A 25-year-old Providence man who was has been sentenced in at least seven state court cases since 2000, most involving drugs or firearms, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 37 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Ryan McNeill, who was on probation for a state drug conviction at the time of his arrest in September 2010 on the firearm charge, was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith.More »

Armed Career Criminal Faces 15 Years to Life in Federal Prison After Pleading Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

August 17, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Kenneth Brooks, 30, of Providence, an armed career criminal, faces a sentence of 15 years to life in federal prison after pleading guilty today, as charged in federal court, to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. No plea agreement was filed in this case.More »

Providence Man Sentenced to 117 Months in Federal Prison on Firearm Charge, Violation of Supervised Release

August 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Providence man who was on supervised release having been previously convicted and imprisoned for being a felon in possession of a firearm was sentenced Thursday to 117 months in federal prison for again being a felon in possession of a firearm and for violating the terms of his supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Jameel Z. Greene, 30, was on federal supervised release when he was arrested in August 2010, and was found to be in possession of a firearm that ballistics tests tied to a Providence homicide.More »

Providence Felon Faces Up to 10 Years in Federal Prison on Firearm Charge

August 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man who solicited an undercover officer and offered to sell drugs to him, and who later purchased a firearm from the officer, faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty in federal district court on Tuesday to being a felon in possession of a firearm. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the guilty plea of David Rios, 60, entered before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.More »

Federal Firearms Charge Filed Against New York Man in Armed Robbery in Rutland

July 14, 2011

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Sean Miller, 43, of Bronx, New York, was charged in a federal complaint with being a felon-inpossession of a firearm. This charge stems from allegations that Miller, who has two prior felony robbery convictions in New York, committed an armed robbery of an individual staying at the Roadway Inn in Rutland on July 10, 2011.More »

Boston Man Sentenced to 262 Months in Prison on Drug and Gun Offenses

June 30, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. – A Boston man was sentenced late yesterday in federal court for drug and firearm offenses.More »

Willimantic Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Illegal Firearms Dealing

June 22, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SAMUEL VASQUEZ, 24, formerly of Mountain Street, Willimantic, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegal firearms dealing.More »

Milford Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Robbery Conspiracy and Firearms Trafficking Offenses

June 22, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM R. BOLTON, 32, of Milford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in planning an attempted burglary and selling a sawed-off shotgun to a convicted felon.More »

Two Alleged MS-13 Gang Members Indicted on Federal Gun Charges

June 3, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. – Two alleged members of the violent transnational street gang MS-13 were indicted on federal gun charges after each were arrested carrying loaded firearms. More »

Alfred Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Bombs

June 2, 2011

Portland, Maine — United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Robert Infante, 47, of Alfred, Maine, entered guilty pleas today in U.S. District Court in Portland to charges arising out of the seizure of bombs, drugs and firearms from his Alfred, Maine home in June 2010. Infante pleaded guilty to the following federal charges: possession of unregistered destructive devices; possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon; manufacturing marijuana; and possession of a destructive device during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense. A sentencing date has not been set. More »

Bangor Man Convicted of Federal Firearms Charges

May 25, 2011

Bangor, Maine — United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that on May 24, 2011 after a 2–day trial in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Maine, a jury convicted Domingos Nobrega, also known as Shawn Alan Nobrega, 34, of Bangor, of 1 count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Nobrega faces a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, or both, and up to 3 years supervised release. Nobrega was detained pending imposition of sentence.More »

80 Months in Federal Prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

May 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Worcester, Mass., man who admitted to police that he drove to Providence with the intent of robbing a drug dealer while armed with a firearm was sentenced Tuesday to 80 months in federal prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, it was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.More »

Armed Career Criminal Convicted of Illegally Possessing a Firearm

May 12, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. – An Easthampton man was convicted today in federal court of one count of illegally possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.More »

More Than One Hundred Guns Seized in Joint Law Enforcement Operation in Southwestern Connecticut

May 12, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, and Robert Nivakoff, Chief of the Stamford Police, today announced that 16 individuals have been charged with various federal offenses related to the alleged trafficking of firearms, including machine guns, and narcotics in southwestern Connecticut. More than 100 firearms have been purchased or seized during the investigation.More »

Undercover Gun and Drug Investigation Nets 32 Arrests and 47 Firearms

April 29, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. – Thirty-two individuals were charged today on federal and state gun and drug charges, stemming from a long term investigation into gun trafficking and narcotics sales in the Brockton area. Recorded undercover purchases of firearms and narcotics from gun suppliers netted 47 weapons during the investigation.More »

Hartford Man Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Prison for Narcotics Distribution, Illegal Gun Possession

March 30, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MARCUS ARNOLD, 40, of Laurel Street, Hartford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport to 188 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing narcotics and illegally possessing firearms.More »

Former Damariscotta Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charge

March 23, 2011

Portland, Maine: The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that United States District Judge George Z. Singal, sitting in Portland, sentenced Wayne N. Collamore, age 60, originally of Damariscotta, Maine, to serve seventeen and a half years in federal prison for escape and possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony. Collamore pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2010.More »

Federal Jury Convicts Narcotics Trafficker of Drug and Gun Charges

February 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal jury on Friday found Jose Maldonado, 37, guilty of trafficking in cocaine powder, crack cocaine, heroin, and a related firearms offense. The jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges contained in a six count indictment after deliberating for less than three hours. The Warwick man was arrested by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in April of 2009.More »

South Portland Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charge

February 17, 2011

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that United States District Judge George Z. Singal, sitting in Portland, sentenced Roy Bernie Clark, age 45, of South Portland, Maine to 41 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for illegal possession of firearms while being subject to a protection from abuse order. Clark pleaded guilty to the charge in October 2010.More »

New Haven Man Who Sold Guns, Body Armor, Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Federal Prison

February 17, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JERMAINE DIGGS, also known as Tito and Main, 30, formerly of Bassett Street in New Haven, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 63 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing and selling firearms and body armor.More »

Bridgeport Man Involved in Gun Trafficking Sentenced to 51 Months in Federal Prison

February 16, 2011

>David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that GZAREACKT TORRES, also known as Geraldo, 31, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to 51 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On November 16, 2010, TORRES pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a previously convicted felon.More »

Two Woonsocket Men Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison, 3rd Sentenced to 9 Years, 3 Months in Providence Home Invasion

February 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Three Woonsocket men were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Providence on federal conspiracy, Hobbs Act Robbery, firearm and drug trafficking charges in connection with an armed home invasion into a Providence home and drug rip-off in February 2009. Julio Candelario, 30, Robert Beauparlant, Jr., 27, and Pedro Cuadrado, 22, were identified by Woonsocket Police and ATF agents as being responsible for the Providence home invasion and drug rip-off while the agencies were jointly investigating unrelated illegal firearms cases in Woonsocket.More »

Berlin Man Sentenced to More Than Eight years in Prison for Amassing Arsenal of Illegal Weapons

February 3, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALAN D. ZALESKI, 49, of Berlin, Connecticut, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 101 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing machine guns and numerous other unregistered weapons, including a sawed-off shotgun, silencers, grenades and improvised explosive devices or IEDs. On March 27, 2009, a jury found ZALESKI guilty of 28 counts related to the illegal possession of those firearms. More »

Brockton Man Indicted for Burning Federal Building

January 26, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. — A Brockton man was indicted today in federal court with setting fire to a building leased by the United States Probation Office in Plymouth. More »