Connecticut Man Indicted on Federal Firearms Charge
BOSTON – A Connecticut man was indicted yesterday in federal court in Springfield on a federal firearms charge.
Jermane Merlyn Samuel, 35, of Enfield, Conn., was indicted on one count of possessing and receiving a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Samuel was charged by complaint and arrested in September 2018; he has been in custody since.
According to court documents, on Sept. 20, 2018, Samuel received and possessed a Model 27 .40 caliber Glock pistol and a Model 17 9mm Glock pistol in a hotel parking lot in West Springfield. The serial numbers of both pistols had been obliterated.
The offense of receiving and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number carries a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $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 and Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine A. Wagner of Lelling=s Springfield Office is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in an indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.