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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Weymouth Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Assault-Style Weapons and Ammunition

BOSTON – A Weymouth man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for possessing assault-style weapons and ammunition.


Robert Nicholas Kurtzer, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 84 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In April 2017, Kurtzer pleaded guilty to possession of assault-style firearms, ammunition, and silencers. According to court documents, Kurtzer was prohibited from possessing ammunition and/or firearms because of a prior state conviction for armed robbery.


On July 12, 2016, law enforcement officers stopped a pick-up truck, in which Kurtzer was a passenger, for a traffic violation. Kurtzer was carrying a large knife on his hip and a canister of pepper spray. Officers asked Kurtzer if there were any weapons in the vehicle, and Kurtzer replied, “Lots of them.” Kurtzer was searched and found in possession of a 10.5 inch Smith and Wesson fixed blade knife; a canister of Sabre Red O/C spray; one .300 AAC BLK caliber bullet; several .22 caliber long rifle ammunition; and seven .45 caliber Winchester ammunition.


Following Kurtzer’s arrest, officers searched Kurtzer’s Weymouth residence and a secondary storage locker where the following items were seized: two assault rifles (including a Midwest Industries AR15-style assault rifle with an optic scope attached to the top, and an AR15-style assault rifle with unknown manufacturer and a 37mm flare launcher attached to it); a Marlin bolt-action rifle with an obliterated serial number; two handguns (including a .45 caliber pistol; and a Colt MKIV Series 80 pistol, bearing an after-market Punisher logo); numerous weapons parts for use in the assembly of assault rifles and handguns; one firearm silencer; approximately six unfinished, partly assembled firearm silencers; milling machinery used to manufacture handguns and rifles; and approximately 671 rounds of assorted ammunition.


Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Cannon of Weinreb’s Organized Crime & Gang Unit prosecuted the case.

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Updated July 27, 2017