FITCHBURG MAN CONVICTED OF FIRING GUN ON STREET CROWDED WITH CHILDREN
BOSTON - A Fitchburg man was convicted by a jury today in federal court of firing a gun on street crowded with children.
Following a five-day trial, KIRK LASSEND, 37, was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition. United States District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV scheduled sentencing for January 26, 2012. Lassend faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
On July 12, 2010, Lassend was walking down a street crowded with children in Fitchburg. Lassend brazenly displayed a firearm and shot the firearm in the air several times. When the Fitchburg Police responded, Lassend fled into an apartment building and hid the firearm in an empty storage closet. The officers quickly located Lassend and took him into custody, due in part to 911 calls describing his appearance. Officers recovered a loaded magazine on his person which fit the firearm recovered from the empty storage closet. A loose round of ammunition was also recovered from Lassend during the booking process. A subsequent search of his home resulted in the recovery of a holster and second unloaded magazine which fit the firearm from the empty storage closet.
U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Guy N. Thomas, Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives - Boston Field Office; and Chief Robert A. Demoura of the Fitchburg Police Department made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cory Flashner and Karin Bell of Ortiz’s Worcester Office.