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Friday, December 13, 2019

Cambridge Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Offense

BOSTON – A Cambridge man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston for illegally possessing two firearms and over 150 rounds of ammunition.

Robert Brito-Pina, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for April 13, 2020. Brito-Pina was arrested in April 2019, and has been in custody since.

Brito-Pina was arrested after the execution of a search warrant at his residence resulted in the seizure of two firearms and over 150 rounds of ammunition. The recovered items included a SCCY Model CPX-1 9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol loaded with eight rounds of ammunition; a Springfield Amory, Model XDM 9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number, loaded with 18 rounds of ammunition; and an additional 131 rounds of assorted ammunition. Federal law prohibits Brito-Pina from possessing a firearm or ammunition because of a prior felony conviction.

The charge of being a felon in possession of firearms 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 D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. 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 of Justice’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.


Firearms Offenses
Updated December 13, 2019