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Dorchester Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense

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

BOSTON – A Dorchester man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for being a felon in possession of three firearms.

Byron Newberry, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf to three concurrent terms of 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In November 2014, Newberry pleaded guilty to three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

During an investigation into gun sales in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood from March to April 2012, investigators learned that Newberry and two other co-conspirators possessed illegal firearms and ammunition for sale. During a six-week period, undercover law enforcement officers purchased a shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle with ammunition, and a .38 pistol from Newberry and his co-conspirators.

One of Newberry’s co-conspirators, Michael Collins, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in January 2014.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dustin Chao of Weinreb’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

Updated August 28, 2017

Firearms Offenses