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Boston Man Indicted for Illegal Possession of a Loaded Semi-Automatic Pistol

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

BOSTON – A Boston man was indicted yesterday for being a felon in possession of a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol.  

Tyrone Goforth, 40, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Goforth was charged by criminal complaint in September 2020 and is currently  in custody.

According to charging documents, on July 31, 2020, Goforth possessed a Sig Sauer P938 9mm semi-automatic pistol loaded with five rounds of 9mm ammunition. Due to a prior conviction, Goforth is prohibited from possessing firearms, and does not possess a federal license to sell firearms.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 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 upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement. Lelling’s Organized Crime and Gang 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. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as 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 October 22, 2020

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