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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Boston Man Indicted for Armed Robbery of North End Market

BOSTON – A Boston man was indicted today in federal court in Boston for the armed robbery of a grocery store in Boston’s North End.

Dante Mirabella, 52, was charged with one count of interfering with commerce by robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Mirabella has been in custody since May 31, 2019, when he was arrested on state charges.

It is alleged that Mirabella robbed Bob’s Grocery Store on May 30, 2019, while brandishing a Hi-Point .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol. According to the indictment Mirabella is prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition due to a prior felony conviction.

The charging statute for interfering with commerce by robbery provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, up to five years of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000. The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for 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; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; and Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated August 22, 2019