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Boston Man Charged With Illegally Possessing A Loaded Handgun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Boston man was charged in federal court in Boston with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Kerry Charlotin, 30, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Charlotin has been in state custody since his arrest in Suffolk County on May 1, 2019. He will appear in federal court in Boston later today.

According to the charging documents, on May 1, 2019, officers were in the area of Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan due to resident complaints of drug dealing and public drinking. It is alleged that when Charlotin, who was seen by the officers wearing a black backpack, observed the police presence, he ran. The officers pursued him, and when they caught up to him, a black backpack was in the air and landed on the roof of a building. Charlotin, no longer wearing a black backpack, continued running from the officers; he was eventually found hiding in a fenced in area in a backyard. When officers recovered the black backpack, they found, among other things, a loaded Glock 26, 9mm caliber Lugar semi-automatic pistol containing nine rounds of ammunition, one of those rounds was in the chamber.

Based on prior felony convictions, Charlotin is prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition under federal law.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsey E. Weinstein of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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

Updated August 16, 2019

Firearms Offenses