BOSTON - A Springfield man was sentenced today in federal court for receipt of firearms and ammunition while under felony indictment.
Jorge Maldonado, 20, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patty B. Saris to eight months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release with the special conditions that he avoid the members and locations of the Eastern Avenue Posse street gang. Maldonado pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of firearms and ammunition while under felony indictment on May 11, 2012.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proven that on May 26, 2011, at a shooting range in Springfield, Maldonado received and then fired a Smith & Wesson M&P9C, 9mm pistol and 9mm caliber ammunition, all of which had traveled in interstate commerce. At the time, Maldonado was under felony indictment in Hampden Superior Court for the following offenses: trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine); possession of a class D controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute; unlawful possession of a firearm; unlawful possession of ammunition without identification card; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; and receiving stolen property.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Guy Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Mark Mastroianni, Hampden County District Attorney; and Commissioner William Fitchett of the Springfield Police Department made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.