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Newton Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms and Ammunition Charge

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

BOSTON - A Newton man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to a federal firearms charge.

Juan Francisco David, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock has not yet scheduled a date for sentencing.

On April 11, 2018, law enforcement executed a search warrant at David’s residence in Newton, and seized two firearms, a .9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol and a Smith & Wesson .380 caliber pistol, as well as 26 rounds of ammunition from David’s front bedroom. The unloaded .9 mm pistol was located in a case containing two magazines, and one magazine was loaded with eight rounds of .9 mm ammunition. The .380 semi-automatic pistol was found attached to the underside of a table in the same bedroom and contained one magazine, which was loaded with five rounds of assorted .380 caliber ammunition. After initially denying having any guns in the residence, David admitted to possessing the firearms and ammunition.

The firearms charge provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the United States 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 and Explosives; Newton Police Chief David MacDonald; and Weymouth Police Chief Richard C. Grimes made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated March 20, 2019

Firearms Offenses