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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Rhode Island

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Peter F. Neronha, United States Attorney

Contact: Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357

Providence Felon with 7 Prior Convictions & Juvenile Adjudications Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A 25-year-old Providence man who was has been sentenced in at least seven state court cases since 2000, most involving drugs or firearms, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 37 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Ryan McNeill, who was on probation for a state drug conviction at the time of his arrest in September 2010 on the firearm charge, was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith.

According to court documents and information presented to the Court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie J. Kane, Police, who were seeking McNeill on an outstanding arrest warrant, saw the defendant driving his vehicle in the general vicinity of his family's home. After police stopped McNeill's car, and while placing him under arrest, McNeill admitted to police that he had a gun under the driver’s seat. Officers recovered a loaded .22 caliber pistol from under the driver's seat and a black ski mask from the driver’s side door.

McNeill was adjudicated delinquent or convicted in state courts in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, twice in 2008, and in 2009, on a variety of charges, including several firearm and drug offenses. McNeill presently has a charge of domestic violence pending in a Florida court. He has been detained since his arrest in September 2010 in Providence. A probation violation hearing on the state drug case is pending.

The matter was investigated by Providence Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.