Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brandon D. Hayes, 31, of Central Falls, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Providence to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hayes was arrested in July 2015 by a Rhode Island State Police trooper during a routine traffic stop after the trooper discovered and seized from the vehicle a loaded firearm belonging to Hayes.
Hayes’ guilty plea is announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.
According to information presented to the court, on July 12, 2015, a State Police trooper signaled for a vehicle traveling northbound on Route 95 in Warwick to stop for motor vehicle violations. The trooper learned that as the vehicle was pulling over, Hayes, who was a passenger in the vehicle, removed a loaded handgun from his waistband and put it under the front passenger seat. The trooper seized a loaded Baikal Makarov IJ-70 9 mm pistol from under that seat. Hayes admitted to the trooper that the firearm belonged to him.
Hayes, who has been detained since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., on September 6, 2016. According to court records, Hayes was previously convicted in state court on felony assault and drug trafficking charges.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.
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