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BOSTON – A previously convicted felon was sentenced today in connection with the sale of multiple firearms, including handguns with obliterated serial numbers.
Shayne Sullivan, 25, formerly of Lowell, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to four years in prison and three years of supervised release. In January 2015, Sullivan pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
On March 5, 2014, Sullivan sold a .357 caliber revolver with an obliterated serial number as well as ammunition to an undercover agent for $600. Eleven days later, Sullivan arranged for another defendant, Eric Texeira, to sell several other firearms, including two revolvers with obliterated serial numbers and a rifle, to another criminal for $1,300. Sullivan’s prior convictions include, among other offenses, armed robbery with a gun and assault and battery on a disabled person over the age of 65.
In February 2015, Texeira was sentenced to 42 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor, made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit.