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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Springfield Man Indicted on Federal Firearm Charge

BOSTON – Kenneth Finch, Jr., 29, of Springfield, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield on one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, in June 2015, law enforcement received information that Finch was a source for firearms in the Springfield area.  On June 3, 2015, Finch sold a Ruger Model P-90 .45 caliber pistol and six rounds of .45 caliber ammunition to two undercover officers in exchange for $1,200.  Finch had prior felony convictions in North Carolina for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, breaking and entering, attempted burglary in the second degree, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

The charge provides a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine A. Wagner of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

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

Updated May 19, 2016