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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Federal Firearms Offenses

BOSTON – An Enfield, Conn., man was sentenced today in federal court in Springfield for unlawfully possessing firearms. 

Kenneth Finch Jr., 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. In September 2017, Finch Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Finch has a prior felony conviction in North Carolina for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  

In June 2015, law enforcement received information that Finch was a source for illegal firearms in the Springfield area. On June 3, 2015, Finch sold a Ruger Model P-90 .45 caliber pistol and six rounds of .45 caliber ammunition to two undercover officers in exchange for $1,200. Finch was later arrested on May 12, 2016, and charged. The following day, Finch called his girlfriend from jail and directed her to a firearm that he had concealed in her apartment. Law enforcement later recovered a Duetsche Werke 7.65 mm caliber pistol from Finch’s girlfriend at her apartment in Springfield. On Nov. 10, 2016, Finch was charged in a superseding indictment with an additional count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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 today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine A. Wagner of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.

Firearms Offenses
Updated January 31, 2018