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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Career Criminal Charged With Illegal Possession of Firearm

BOSTON – A Brockton man was charged in federal court in Boston yesterday with illegally possessing a firearm.

Dedrick Lindsey, 36, was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Lindsey is currently in state custody and will appear in federal court at a later date.

According to court documents, Lindsey was arrested on state charges on July 19, 2018, after law enforcement found a .25 caliber revolver in his possession. Lindsey is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous drug convictions, all punishable by more than a year in prison. 

The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, a minimum of one year but no greater than three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. As an armed career criminal, Lindsey is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and no greater than life, five years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. 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; Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz; Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elysa Wan of Lelling’s Office is prosecuting the case.

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.

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

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated March 14, 2019