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Brockton Man Arrested On Federal Firearms Charge

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

BOSTON – A Brockton man was arrested on Friday, June 28, 2019, and charged in federal court in Boston with a firearms offense.

Tyrell Hampton, 30, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. 

According to the complaint, Hampton sold two .9mm Luger pistols and 21 rounds of .9mm ammunition to an undercover officer in Brockton on June 27, 2019. In phone communications preceding this transaction, Hampton allegedly indicated that the buyer should move fast because “they [the firearms offered for sale] go quick but I can always get more.”

According to court records, Hampton has previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses including drug convictions and a prior firearm conviction. As a felon, Hampton is barred under federal law from possessing a firearm.

The charge of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony carries a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. In addition, if Hampton is deemed to be an Armed Career Criminal, he will face an enhanced mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years. 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 and Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, New England Division, made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Brockton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely 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.

Updated July 2, 2019

Firearms Offenses