BOSTON GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS FOR GUN OFFENSE
BOSTON, Mass. - A Dorchester man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court, to 4 years in prison for being a felon-in-possession of a firearm and ammunition. As part of the court’s Judgment of Conviction, the defendant’s jail time will not begin until he finishes a two-year state court sentence which he is presently serving for a probation violation arising out of the same incident. The defendant will also be on supervised release for three additional years during which time he will be precluded from entering the Wheatland Street area and will be prohibited from contacting or being in the company of his alleged associates.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Eugenio A. Marquez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives - Boston Field Division, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis announced today that QUANDRE MCGHEE, 20, of Dorchester, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner to 4 years imprisonment (not to begin until the completion of the two-year state court sentence he is presently serving, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release during which time he will restricted from entering the Wheatland Street Area and from contacting or being in the company of individuals that the government alleges are members or associates of the Wheatland Avenue Bloods).
MCGHEE had previously pled guilty on August 17, 2009. At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that the defendant had been arrested on Columbia Road after officers discovered MCGHEE was carrying a gun. It was later determined that the gun removed from MCGHEE’s waistband was a Jennings 22 caliber semiautomatic with an obliterated serial number that contained six rounds of .22 ammo (including one hollow point round in the chamber).
During the sentencing hearings, the government provided materials to the court demonstrating that MCGHEE was a member of the Wheatland Avenue Bloods, a gang operates in the Wheatland Avenue area of Dorchester, and that MCGHEE had been involved in a number of gang-related conflicts including fights while in prison. During his current incarceration the government’s sentencing evidence showed that MCGHEE had fought with other inmates and assaulted guards and had weapons and gang literature and graffiti confiscated from his cell.
The case was investigated by the Boston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Ortiz’s Organized Crime Strike Force and Gang Unit.