Convicted Felon Indicted for Possessing AM-15 Rifle and Ammunition
BOSTON - Akeem Castro, 25, of Holyoke, was charged in federal court in Springfield yesterday with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The indictment alleges that on March 7, 2017, Castro possessed an Anderson Manufacturing AM-15 rifle and 34 rounds of ammunition. Castro is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior felony conviction.
The charge provides for sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, a minimum of three years of supervised release, and a fine of between $20,000 and $200,000.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri; and Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil L. Desroches of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.
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.