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Boston Man Sentenced for Being Felon in Possession of Firearm

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

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced today for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Naysaan Austin, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris to 66 months in prison and one year of supervised release. In August 2020, Austin pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On June 16, 2019, Austin was arrested in Dorchester for carrying a Sig Sauer .22 caliber Mosquito Pistol loaded with five rounds of ammunition. The serial number on the gun was obliterated. Before he was arrested, Austin ran away from law enforcement officers, despite numerous orders to stop. At the time of his arrest, Austin was on probation and therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Criminal Division prosecuted 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.

Updated November 12, 2020

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses