BOSTON – A Lawrence man was convicted yesterday for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Germaine M. Rivera, 20, pleaded guilty today to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing is scheduled for July 15, 2014. Rivera faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
On May 20, 2013, officers responded to a call of suspicious activity on Auburn Street in Methuen and observed two individuals approaching a previously parked white Toyota. One of the individuals, later identified as Rivera, was observed throwing a small black object into the bushes near the Toyota. The officers located a .22 caliber Beretta semi-automatic firearm which was loaded with six rounds of .22 caliber ammunition and had an obliterated serial number. Both the firearm and ammunition were manufactured outside of Massachusetts.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon, made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kenneth G. Shine and Maxim Grinberg of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.