For Immediate Release
Ipswich Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Unlawful Possession of Firearms
CONCORD - Daniel Laterowicz, 32, of Ipswich, was sentenced in federal court to 60 months in prison for possession of stolen firearms, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 10, 2018, members of the Salisbury, Massachusetts Police Department responded to a call of a possible car break-in. Salisbury officers later notified the Seabrook Police Department of a possible suspect in the area.
A Seabrook Police officer encountered Laterowicz walking northbound on Batchelder Road at approximately 2:44 am. The officer conducted a brief investigative stop of Laterowicz, during which a stolen handgun was recovered from the defendant’s breast pocket. Investigators followed additional leads to a hotel room in Hampton, where Laterowicz had been staying. Investigators obtained a state search warrant which they executed on December 13, 2018. The search led to the recovery of three firearms, including two shotguns that previously had been reported stolen by a Seabrook resident who had discovered them missing from his parked car on the morning of November 29, 2018.
Laterowicz is a convicted felon. It is unlawful for a person with a felony conviction to possess firearms.
Laterowicz pleaded guilty on May 29, 2019.
“In order to protect our communities from violence, it is vital to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, we work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute felons who jeopardize public safety by carrying weapons.”
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Salisbury, Massachusetts Police Department, and the Seabrook and Hampton, New Hampshire Police Departments. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Rombeau.
The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.