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Monday, September 9, 2019

Worcester Man Charged with Illegal Possession of a Firearm

BOSTON - A Worcester man was arraigned on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in federal court in Worcester for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Lawrence Rutherford, 37, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

According to the charging document, on June 5, 2019, law enforcement agents found two guns and more than 600 rounds of ammunition in Rutherford’s home while executing a search warrant there.  Rutherford 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 up to 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 Steven M. Sargent, Chief of the Worcester Police Department, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Greg A. Friedholm and John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office are prosecuting the case.

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.

Firearms Offenses
Updated September 9, 2019