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April 6, 2010

BOSTON, MA - A Pittsfield man was convicted today in federal court with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; Commissioner William Fitchett of the Springfield Police Department; Colonel Marian J. McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Michael Ashe, Hampden County Sheriff announced today that CLARENCE HILL, 38, formerly of Pittsfield, MA, pled guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of three firearms as well as ammunition.

HILL, a previously convicted felon, pled guilty to illegally possessing three firearms and ammunition in the City of Springfield on January 11, 2007.

HILL faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years and up to life in prison when he is sentenced on September 20, 2010 by United States District Judge Michael A. Ponsor.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force, a Safe Streets/HIDTA Initiative. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Todd E. Newhouse and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen M. Southerland of Ortiz’s Springfield Office.


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