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Boston Man Charged with Illegally Possessing a Loaded Handgun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant previously convicted of federal firearm charges

 BOSTON – A Boston man was charged yesterday in federal court in Boston with unlawfully possessing a loaded handgun. 

Jermaine Fenton, 40, was indicted on one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon. 

On June 2, 2018, law enforcement officers responded to a call reporting a person with a gun in Dorchester. Fenton had been involved in a dispute with his girlfriend when his girlfriend’s uncle went to check on the situation. When the uncle arrived, he witnessed Fenton hit his niece. When the uncle attempted to separate Fenton from his niece, Fenton threatened the uncle and then went to reach for an object under his bed. Fenton was held back and the uncle was able to retrieve the object, a Glock model 36, .45 caliber pistol with rounds of .45 ammunition. Fenton then fled the home.

About an hour after the initial 9-1-1 call, police were called back to the residence because Fenton was spotted hiding in the back yard. When police arrived, Fenton was hiding in the grass in the back of the house where he was arrested; he is currently in state custody.

In 2010, Fenton was convicted in federal court in Boston of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced to 57 months in prison. 

Fenton faces a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New England Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated July 20, 2018

Firearms Offenses