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Friday, March 15, 2019

Worcester Man Charged With Federal Firearm Offense

BOSTON - A Worcester man was charged yesterday in federal court in Worcester with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Leroy Byron, 34, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Byron has been in federal custody since he was charged by complaint in November 2018.

According to the charging documents, on Nov. 5, 2018, Brown was arrested after law enforcement seized a loaded Intratec TEC-9 9mm Luger pistol and 32 rounds of ammunition from his vehicle during a traffic stop. Byron is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior convictions punishable by more than one year in person.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release 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; Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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

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Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Updated March 15, 2019