ATF

Sample Block


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Rhode Island

www.justice.gov/usao/ri

For Immediate Release

July 16, 2013

Peter F. Neronha, United States Attorney

Contact: Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357
USARI.Media@usdoj.gov

Providence Gang Member Sentenced to Federal Prison on Firearm Charge

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Nimera Seng, 31, of Providence, a member of the Providence Street Boyz, a Providence street gang, was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for being in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun after having been convicted of a domestic violence charge, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Kenneth J. Croke, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., also ordered Seng to serve 3 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Seng pleaded guilty on April 15, 2013, as charged in an indictment returned on September 12, 2012, to one count of possession of a firearm by an individual convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

According to information presented to the court, a court authorized search of Seng's residence on September 12, 2012, by ATF agents and Providence Police, resulted in the seizure of a 9mm handgun loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition. Seng admitted to the court that the firearm, which was discovered stashed in a bedroom bureau wedged alongside a drawer, belonged to him. Seng told police that he had purchased the gun on the street for $600 for protection.

According to information presented to the court, Seng’s residence had previously been shot at on multiple occasions; and that multiple firearms had been seized from the residence in the past.

According to information on file with the court, in 2005, Seng was convicted in Rhode Island state court on a charge of domestic assault.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.

###