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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Massachusetts

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Nathaniel R. Mendell (Acting)
, United States Attorney
Contact: Christina DiIorio-Sterling

Dorchester Man Indicted for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

BOSTON – A Dorchester man was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  

Michael King, a/k/a “Rugga,” 29, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. King is currently detained in state court and will be arraigned in federal court in Boston at a later date. 

According to the indictment, on Dec. 18, 2020, King possessed a Smith & Wesson, Model 442 Airweight, .38 caliber revolver, loaded with five rounds of .38 caliber ammunition.  King is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to a prior felony conviction.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz; and Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrisey made the announcement.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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

Boston Field Division