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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Massachusetts

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 8, 2018
Andrew E. Lelling
, United States Attorney
Contact: Christina DiIorio-Sterling

Boston Man Charged with Federal Firearm Offense

BOSTON – A Boston man was charged today in federal court in Boston with illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Jason Cobb, 31, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Cobb was arrested in April 2018 and charged by complaint; he has been in custody since his arrest.

According to court documents, on Jan. 25, 2018, police officers in Mattapan approached Cobb, and he immediately fled, resulting in a foot chase. Cobb was soon found lying on the ground between two residential houses. After a subsequent search of the area, law enforcement located a KEL TEC, model number P-3AT, .380 caliber handgun loaded with one round of .380 caliber ammunition. Cobb has a prior felony conviction for possession of a firearm.

The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New England Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

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Field Division: Boston Field Division