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Holyoke Man Sentenced for Making Machine Gun

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

BOSTON – A Holyoke man was sentenced today in federal court in Springfield for making a machine gun.  

Edward V. Laboursoliere, 51, of Holyoke, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 27 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release.  In March 2019, Laboursoliere pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly possessing an unregistered firearm, one count of possessing a firearm unidentified by a serial number, and one count of making a firearm, in violation of the National Firearms Act.  Laboursoliere was arrested on April 8, 2018, and has been in custody since.    

On April 8, 2018, law enforcement responded to Laboursoliere’s home after his wife reported that he had been storing hazardous materials in the home.  A short-barrel rifle machine gun, 17 other guns, half of which Laboursoliere admitted to making, a partially-constructed pipe bomb, and stockpiles of ammunition and explosives were recovered in the home.  

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Chief Manuel Febo of the Holyoke Police Department; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deepika Bains Shukla, Chief of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office.  

Updated September 9, 2019

Firearms Offenses