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BOSTON, Mass. - A Lawrence man was convicted today in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm after a four-day trial.

SAMUEL GUADALUPE, 32, was convicted by a jury sitting before U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In January 2008 police executed a search warrant on GUADALUPE’s apartment, which he shared with his girlfriend and her minor child, related to an investigation into marijuana distribution by GUADALUPE’s girlfriend. During a search of the apartment police found a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in a closet in his bedroom. They also found a black powder pistol (which was not charged in the indictment). The next day, GUADALUPE placed a distressed telephone call to his federal probation officer, who testified during the trial. According to the testimony, GUADALUPE told his probation officer that he had found two guns in the cellar of his apartment building several months earlier and had brought them into his home with the intention of selling them. GUADALUPE asked his probation officer to come to court and vouch for him in the event that he was apprehended for the weapons. His probation officer urged him to turn himself in, but GUADALUPE was on the run for another month before doing so.

Judge Woodlock scheduled sentencing for January 4, 2011. As an armed career criminal, GUADALUPE faces a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years and a maximum sentence of life to be followed by up to five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Guy Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives - Boston Field Division; and Lawrence Police Chief John J. Romero made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David G. Tobin of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit and Todd F. Braunstein of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.


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