Boston - A Lynn man was convicted today in federal court on a firearms and ammunition charge.
Eric Franco, 38, was convicted after a five day trial held before U.S. District Court Denise Jefferson Casper, of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The evidence proved that on May 3, 2011, Franco knowingly possessed a firearm and ammunition in the City of Lynn and that he had previously been convicted of crime(s) punishable by more than one year imprisonment. Judge Casper scheduled sentencing for Dec. 18, 2012.
Franco faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years up to life in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
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 Chief Kevin Cottinger of the Lynn Police Department made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Suzanne Sullivan and David G. Tobin of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.