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Convicted Felon Charged with Federal Firearms Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A previously convicted felon was indicted by a federal grand jury in Worcester today for allegedly manufacturing and selling firearms – including ghost guns – and unlawfully possessing ammunition.

Mickie Simmons, 31, of Brookfield, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, one count of dealing firearms without a license and two counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition. Simmons will appear in federal Court in Worcester on Nov. 15, 2022. Simmons was previously arrested and charged by criminal complaint on May 25, 2022. 

According to the charging documents, on two separate occasions between March and May 2022, Simmons sold a confidential source ammunition and ghost guns – firearms that have been manufactured by an individual and not by a firearms manufacturing company. It is alleged that during a later search of Simmons’ residence, at least five ghost guns, including an AR-15 short-barrel rifle, 15 ghost gun kits, numerous rounds of ammunition, components of assault-style rifles, several other firearms and more than $25,000 in cash was seized. 

Due to a 2014 state conviction for breaking and entering, larceny and conspiracy for which he was sentenced to 18 months in prison, Simmons is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

The charges of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and dealing firearms without a license each provide for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to a $250,000. The charges of being a felon in possession of ammunition each provide for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to a $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Danial E. Bennett and Brendan O’Shea of Rollins’ Worcester Branch Office are prosecuting the case.

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

Updated November 14, 2022

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Firearms Offenses