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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Massachusetts

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Andrew E. Lelling
, United States Attorney
Contact: Christina DiIorio-Sterling

Brockton Man Pleads Guilty to Being Felon in Possession of Firearm

BOSTON – A Brockton man pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Clive McFarlane, 36, pleaded guilty during a videoconference hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing is scheduled for April 30, 2020. McFarlane was charged in September 2019.

On Aug. 27, 2019, McFarlane was found in possession of a Rohm Gesellschaft .25 caliber revolver, one round of Remington .25 caliber ammunition and seven rounds of Cascade Cartridges .25 caliber ammunition. McFarlane had previously been convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and other crimes punishable by more than a year in jail and therefore was prohibited from possessing firearms.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss. 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; Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz; and Brockton Police Chief Emanuel Gomes made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mackenzie A. Queenin of Lelling’s Criminal Division is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Boston Field Division