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Brockton Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Second Federal Firearm Offense

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

BOSTON – A Brockton man affiliated with the Junior Kaos gang pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Dwayne Leaston-Brown, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 23, 2020. Leaston-Brown was arrested and charged in November 2018 and has been in custody since.

On Sept. 8, 2018, a Boston police officer encountered Leaston-Brown with a loaded firearm on his person near the corner of Fairway Street and Blue Hill Avenue in the Mattapan Square area of Boston. Federal law prohibits Leaston-Brown from possessing a firearm or ammunition because of a prior felony conviction. Leaston-Brown was previously convicted in federal court in November 2014 of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $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 Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New England Field Division; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement today.

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 October 17, 2019

Firearms Offenses