U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
September 14, 2012
Massachusetts Felon Sentenced to 57 Months on Firearms Charge
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Messiah McGauley, 27, of Dorchester, MA, was sentenced to 57 months incarceration by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith in federal court in Providence today. On June 25, 2012, McGauley pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. U.S. District Court Judge Smith also sentenced McGauley to three years supervised release upon his release from prison.
At the change of plea hearing on June 25, 2012, McGauley admitted that he possessed a semi-automatic pistol, loaded with ten hollow point rounds. According to information presented to the court, on December 10, 2011, a Rhode Island State Police Trooper stopped a speeding vehicle operated by McGauley as it was travelling south on Route 95. Troopers located the loaded gun as well as a bag containing marijuana inside the car. McGauley was initially charged in state district court, released on bond, and allowed to reside at his Massachusetts address. A federal arrest warrant was issued for McGauley on January 11, 2012 and he was arrested at his residence a week later. At the time of McGauley’s arrest, police located a 9mm rifle and a large quantity of ammunition of various calibers at his residence.
According to information presented to the court, McGauley had previously been convicted of felony offenses in Massachusetts, including unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and battery on a police officer, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
The matter was investigated by the Rhode Island State Police, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Boston Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth P. Madden and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch.