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District of Massachusetts

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chicopee Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm and Ammunition

BOSTON –William Lengieza, 36, of Chicopee, was sentenced on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release.  Lengieza previously pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition

On May 31, 2011, Lengieza used a Smith & Wesson, Model MP40, .40 caliber pistol at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Mass.  Lengieza was permitted on the firing range after falsely certifying that he had never been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year in jail, when in fact he had been convicted of numerous such crimes.  On June 13, 2011, federal agents executed a consent search of Lengieza’s apartment and seized 168 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, nights sights for a Smith & Wesson MP pistol, two holsters, a gun cleaning kit, and gun cleaning patches.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  Assistance was provided by the Massachusetts State Police and the Chicopee Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz's Springfield Branch Office.

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Updated February 4, 2016