U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
May 19, 2011
CONVICTED FELON FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF A LOADED FIREARM
SENTENCED TO 51 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man stopped by police for driving with a broken headlamp which then resulted in the discovery by police of a loaded firearm in the vehicle was sentenced Wednesday to 51 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release. United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the sentencing of Jason Shepard, 31, on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents and information presented to the court at Wednesday’s sentencing hearing before U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith, on May 16, 2010, Providence Police Department officers pulled the defendant over for a broken headlamp and because a car matching the description of the vehicle was involved in a report to police of a firearm being displayed from an automobile the previous night.
The defendant, who was driving the car at the time, admitted to police that the car was his but was registered to a relative, and that he did not have a driver’s license. Police observed the center console was out of place and from inside of it, they seized a loaded .380 caliber Beretta firearm. Shepard was detained.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose.
The matter was investigated by Providence Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.