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Worcester Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Worcester man pleaded guilty today in connection with brandishing a loaded sawed-off shotgun in an apartment while arguing with teenaged residents in December 2019.

Steven Dillon, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and one count of unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for Jan. 10, 2022. Dillon was indicted in June 2020.

On Dec. 25, 2019, Dillon brandished a loaded sawed-off shotgun in an apartment while arguing with teenaged residents. Police found the shotgun and ammunition in a bedroom used by Dillon, who was previously convicted of a felony punishable by more than one year in prison and therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, 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.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; James Ferguson, 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 Kristen Noto of Mendell’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 27, 2021

Firearms Offenses