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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Burlington Man Sentenced For Ammunition Charge

BOSTON - A Burlington man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for illegally possessing 30 pieces of ammunition.

Brendan Sheils, 32, was sentenced by Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In December 2018, Sheils pleaded guilty to one-count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. 

On Feb. 22, 2018, police received information that Sheils was in possession of an Uzi bump stock weapon and desired to attack the Burlington Police Department. The following day, police executed a search warrant at Sheils’ residence, where they recovered 30 pieces of ammunition, as well as an AR-15 type rifle, which was determined to be a “ghost gun” – a gun that is made by purchasing component parts and then assembling the pieces together. The rifle was loaded with 28 of the pieces of the seized ammunition.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Woburn Police Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr.; and Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated March 19, 2019