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Sandisfield Man Indicted on Federal Firearm Offenses

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

BOSTON – A Sandisfield man was indicted by a federal grand jury last week in connection with receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm.

Brian Hohman, 57, was indicted on one count of receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm. Hohman was detained following an initial appearance in federal court in Springfield today. A detention hearing has not yet been scheduled.

According to the indictment, on Sept. 23, 2020, Hohman was in possession of a Harrington & Richardson Arms shotgun which had a barrel length of less than 18 inches and was not registered to Hohman in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

The charge of receipt and possession of an unregistered firearm provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.  

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division made the announcement. The Massachusetts State Police also assisted in the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine G. Curley of Mendell’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case. 

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated May 17, 2021

Firearms Offenses