BOSTON - An Easthampton man was sentenced today in federal court to 17 years in prison for illegal firearms dealing and illegally possessing firearms after having been convicted of a felony.
Jeremy Wright, 37, of was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to 17 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. On May 12, 2011, Wright was convicted by a jury sitting before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor of one count of possessing a Raven .25 caliber pistol after being convicted of a felony. On Dec. 22, 2011, Wright also pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful firearms dealing and one count of illegally possessing a Bryco 9mm pistol afer being convicted of a felony.
Evidence presented during the six-day trial showed that in approximately Jan. 2005, Wright received two pistols, including a Raven .25 caliber pistol and a Bryco 9mm pistol, that were stolen from a home in Westfield, and then traded both pistols for crack cocaine to a narcotics trafficker in Holyoke. Further, in approximately April 2005, Wright received three shotguns and a rifle that were stolen from a home in Easthampton, and then traded the four long guns for crack cocaine and cash to various individuals, including two narcotics traffickers, in Holyoke. At the time of this misconduct, Wright had been previously convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year in prison, making his possession of the firearms illegal.
United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Guy Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Division made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the ATF; Easthampton Police Department, Holyoke Police Department; Westfield Police Department; and Hartford, CT Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.