Springfield Man Sentenced for Firearm Charge
BOSTON – A Springfield man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Springfield for unlawfully possessing a firearm.
Mark Alexander, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In December 2016, Alexander pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.
On Sept. 2, 2015, Alexander possessed a .22 caliber pistol. As a result of a prior felony offense, Alexander was prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition. Alexander and his co-defendant, Hector Nieves, worked together to sell the pistol and ammunition to a cooperating witness.
In July 2016, Nieves was sentenced to five years in prison for the same charge.
Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. The case was investigated by the FBI’s Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force and the ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Weinreb’s Springfield Branch Office prosecuted the case.