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Convicted Felon Sentenced for Possessing Ammunition

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

BOSTON – A Cambridge man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for illegally possessing ammunition as a previously convicted felon. Multiple guns, ammunition and cash were found in the rental vehicle that the defendant was the sole occupant of.

Kyle Evans, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 45 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In November 2022, Evans pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. 

In August 2020 Evans was pulled over in the City of Everett for failing to stop at a red light. When asked for his license and registration, Evans stated that he did not have a license. Upon confirming that Evans’ driver’s license was suspended and that the car was neither registered to nor leased by him, Evans was arrested. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, $2,344 in cash, a 9 mm loaded semi-automatic pistol, a .380 loaded semi-automatic pistol, a homemade loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol with no serial number and a Glock handgun carry case – with a serial number for a Glock that was reported stolen from California – containing a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number and a 9 mm caliber semi-automatic pistol, and other ammunition, were recovered. Four rounds of .22LR caliber ammunition was also found in Evans’ pants pocket.

Due to a prior conviction punishable by at least one year in prison – including armed robbery with a knife, resisting arrest, heroin possession, assault and battery on a police officer and intimidation – Evans is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. 

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Everett Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see: https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian.

Updated February 15, 2023

Topic
Firearms Offenses