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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dominican National Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm and Ammunition

Defendant threw stolen loaded gun over fence when approached by officers to be taken into custody for deportation

BOSTON - A Dominican national was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.            

Carmito Martinez, 26, a Dominican national formerly residing in Roslindale, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole to 16 months in prison and two years of supervised release. Martinez will face deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In October 2018, Martinez pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by an alien unlawfully present in the United States.

On Aug. 31, 2017, deportation officers went to Martinez’s last known address in Roslindale to take Martinez into custody for deportation purposes. When Martinez exited the house, law enforcement ordered him to stop and show his hands. Martinez removed a dark colored object from his waistband, threw the object behind a fence, and took off running. After Martinez was apprehended, the object he had thrown was located and determined to be a Smith and Wesson Model 422 .22 caliber long riffle. The weapon had one round in the chamber and seven rounds in the magazine, and the safety was not engaged. Further investigation revealed that the recovered weapon had been stolen. It is a violation of federal law for an alien in the country without legal authority to possess a firearm or ammunition.   

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Peter C. Fitzhugh made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Boston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Tobin of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Immigration
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Updated December 12, 2018