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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Southbridge Man Sentenced for being a Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

BOSTON – A Southbridge man was sentenced today in U.S. District court in Worcester for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Mark McForbes, aka “S-Dot,” 33, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and three years of supervised release.  In July 2015, McForbes was convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition following an eight-day jury trial. 

On Aug. 29, 2014, McForbes negotiated the sale of firearms and ammunition in Southbridge to a cooperating witness.  McForbes told the cooperating witness that the firearms and ammunition were located in Worcester, where they arranged to meet for the sale.  Later that day, McForbes sold two loaded 9mm firearms to the cooperating witness in the basement of a Worcester residence.  One of the firearms had been stolen, and the other had an obliterated serial number.  McForbes qualifies under federal law as an armed career criminal based upon his prior criminal convictions. 

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and Southbridge Police Chief Shane Woodson, made the announcement today.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Worcester Police Department also assisted with the investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Greg A. Friedholm and Michelle L. Dineen Jerrett of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch Office.

Updated February 9, 2016