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Springfield Man Charged with Being a Felon in Possession

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

BOSTON – A Springfield man was charged yesterday with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

Lavon Pemberton, 32, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Pemberton will make an initial appearance in federal court in Worcester on Friday, June 5, 2020.

According to the charging documents, on May 14, 2020, Pemberton was stopped by law enforcement for speeding on the Massachusetts Turnpike while driving a rented vehicle. Law enforcement subsequently located a loaded firearm in the vehicle. Pemberton is currently on supervised release for a previous conviction in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release years and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelley D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Noto of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case. 

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

Updated June 3, 2020

Firearms Offenses