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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Boston Man Indicted on Charge of Leaving Residential Re-Entry Center

Defendant was later found in Boston after being arrested on domestic violence charges

BOSTON – A Boston man was indicted yesterday in federal court in connection with leaving a residential re-entry center where he was serving the remainder of his federal sentence for drug possession.

Derek Rego, 33, of Boston, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of escape.   Rego was previously charged by criminal complaint on July 31, 2020.

According to the charging documents, in September 2012, Rego was sentenced in the District of Massachusetts to 120 months in prison for a drug conviction. On Jan. 8, 2020, Rego was transferred from a correctional institution to a residential re-entry center in Boston to serve the remainder of his confined sentence. On April 3, 2020, Rego was placed on escape status and the U.S. Marshals Service was notified. On May 4, 2020, Rego was arrested by law enforcement in Boston on domestic violence charges.

The charging statute provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five 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 on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; John Gibbons, United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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.

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Updated September 16, 2020