For Immediate Release
Providence Man Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearms, Including Three Ghost Guns, and Making False Statements to a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer
PROVIDENCE, RI – A Providence man found to be illegally in possession of a 9mm firearm, three ghost guns, and more than 400 rounds of ammunition, and who knowingly made false statements to a federally-licensed firearms dealer when attempting to purchase a firearm, was sentenced today to two years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.
Lucas Soriano, 41, arrested in November 2022, pleaded guilty on May 11, 2023, to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and making false statements during the purchase of a firearm.
Soriano’s arrest came during a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) investigation into individuals who use the United States mail in furtherance of violating federal firearm laws and individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms.
As reflected in court documents, retailers that specialize in the advertising and sale of firearm parts, ammunition, and firearm accessories shipped orders through the U.S. Postal Service to Soriano at his mother’s address. These orders contained items that are commonly used to manufacture privately made firearms that lack serial numbers and other manufacturer or importer markings, rendering them difficult for law enforcement to trace.
ATF and USPIS agents executed a court-authorized search of Lucas Soriano’s residence and seized, among other items, three ghost guns, a 9mm handgun, and more than 400 rounds of ammunition.
During the course of the investigation, ATF learned that in June 2022, a federally licensed firearm dealer in Rhode Island denied Soriano’s application to purchase a firearm after he falsely claimed on ATF forms that he had not been previously convicted of a crime, when in fact he had. According to court records, Soriano was previously convicted in New York on charges of armed robbery with a deadly weapon and criminal possession of a loaded firearm.
At sentencing today, U.S. District Court Judge Mary S. McElroy sentenced Soriano to twenty-four months of incarceration to be followed by three years of federal supervised release.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald R. Gendron.
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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.