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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Massachusetts

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 13, 2023
Joshua S. Levy
, United States Attorney

Worcester Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

BOSTON – A Worcester man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Lawrence Rutherford, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In March 2023, Rutherford pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

During a search of Rutherford’s residence in June 2019 two loaded .22 caliber pistols and approximately 613 rounds of ammunition was seized. Rutherford is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition due to several prior felony convictions punishable by more than one year in prison.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Interim Worcester Police Chief Paul Saucier made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Greg A. Friedholm and John T. Mulcahy of the Criminal Division prosecuted the case.


Boston Field Division