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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Rhode Island

For Immediate Release

December 1, 2011

Peter F. Neronha, United States Attorney

Contact: Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357

Pawtucket Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Federal Prison on Federal Firearm Charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I.– A Pawtucket man was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi to 72 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release on federal firearm charges. Rickey L. Stevenson, 21, of Pawtucket, was charged following an undercover investigation by federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) during which Stevenson sold two sawed-off shotguns.

A simultaneous investigation by Pawtucket Police into the alleged armed robbery of a department story by two men brandishing a sawed-off shotgun in February 2010 resulted in the arrest of Stevenson and a co-defendant by Pawtucket Police on state armed robbery charges. Both defendants are awaiting trial in state court.

The sentencing of Stevenson was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Boston Field Office; and Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King.

In July 2011, Stevenson admitted to Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi that he sold sawed-off shotguns on two occasions in April 2010. During the second transaction, an ATF undercover agent noticed articles of clothing in Stevenson's possession similar to clothing described as having been worn by two men during the February 2010 armed robbery of a Pawtucket department store. The information was provided to Pawtucket Police who, upon further investigation, arrested and charged Stevenson with the armed robbery.

Stevenson was indicted by a federal grand jury on firearm charges in December 2010.

The case in U.S. District Court was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gerard B. Sullivan and Richard W. Rose.