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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Worcester Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Loaded Semi-Automatic Pistol

BOSTON – A Worcester man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Worcester to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Leroy Byron, 34, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm before U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman who scheduled sentencing for Feb. 6, 2020. Byron was charged by criminal complaint in November 2018.

On Nov. 5, 2018, Byron was arrested for carrying an Intratec TEC9 semi-automatic pistol loaded with 32 rounds of ammunition. 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 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. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly D. 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.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated November 7, 2019