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Boston Man Sentenced for Federal Firearm Offense

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

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for a federal firearm offense.

Troy Armstrong, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to three years in prison and three years of supervised release. In May 2017, Troy pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Following an investigation into drug and firearms trafficking in the Bunker Hill Housing Authority in Charlestown, Armstrong and three others, Samuel Jean, 22, of Everett; Jeffrey Joseph, 32, of Boston; and Deon Young, 32, of Hyde Park, were arrested on Dec. 1, 2016. According to court documents, during the investigation, a cooperating witness made controlled buys of guns and drugs at the direction of law enforcement. During the controlled purchases, which, were recorded on video, Jean and Joseph sold seven firearms to the cooperating witness over a one-month period, including at least one stolen firearm. Armstrong sold the cooperating witness three firearms around the same time period, including one firearm with an obliterated serial number. It is alleged that Young conspired with Armstrong to sell firearms to the cooperating witness.

Jean pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison on March 2, 2017. Joseph pleaded guilty in August 2017 and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 23, 2017. Young pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial on Jan. 8, 2018.

Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb; Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Holik, Chief of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit, is prosecuting the cases.

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

Updated September 6, 2017

Firearms Offenses