U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
October 20, 2009
Felon found guilty of possessing a gun;
Government contends he’s an armed career criminal
A federal jury has found James Farrell, 66, most recently of Cranston, guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Citing Farrell’s violent criminal history, the government contends that he is an armed career criminal, which would mandate a minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.
U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the verdict, which the jury reached yesterday after deliberating for about 90 minutes following a one-day trial before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi.
During the trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie S. Browne presented evidence that, in March 2005, Rhode Island State Police detectives searched Farrell’s room in a residence on Farmington Avenue, Cranston. Farrell was present during the search, having unlocked the door to his room in the presence of the detectives. Detectives seized a .22 caliber revolver and matching ammunition from Farrell’s room.
Prior to the trial, the government filed notice that it would seek to have Farrell sentenced as an armed career criminal. The government cited Farrell’s prior convictions in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts for robbery, burglary, and breaking and entering. Farrell is detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for January 28.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the investigation.