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Dorchester Man Convicted by Federal Jury for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearm

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

BOSTON – A Dorchester man was convicted on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in federal court in Boston for illegally possessing a firearm.

Joquentz Constant, 23, was convicted by a federal jury of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for May 26, 2020. Constant was arrested and charged in January 2019 and has been in custody since.

Constant was found to be in possession of a black Regent. 32 caliber revolver bearing obliterated model and serial numbers and containing five rounds of PPU .32 caliber ammunition and one round of WIN .32 caliber ammunition. Due to prior convictions punishable by more than one year in jail, Constant is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins; and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David J. D’Addio and Mackenzie A. Queenin of Lelling’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

Updated January 27, 2020

Firearms Offenses