Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Failing to Register as a Sex Offender | USAO-MA

BOSTON – A Boston man pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston today to illegally possessing a gun, ammunition and not registering as a sex offender.

Shane Brown, 35, pleaded guilty to being a criminal in possession of a firearm and failing to register as a sex offender in violation of the Sex Offender Notification and Registration Act (SORNA). District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled the sentencing for June 17, 2021. Brown was arrested on September 11, 2020 and has been in custody ever since.

Brown, who was convicted of a sex offense in Virginia in 2013, moved from Virginia to Boston in or about May 2020. In May and June 2020, Brown was involved in security work in the greater Boston area. Brown was unable to register as a sex offender in Massachusetts prior to his arrest on July 2, 2020 on state charges. At the time of his state arrest, a 9mm SCCY Industries CPX-2 pistol, model CPX-2, with seven 9mm Luger cartridges was found in Brown’s collar. Brown is banned from possessing firearms and ammunition due to a previous conviction of a crime punishable by more than a year in prison.

Charges of being a criminal in possession of a firearm and ammunition include a prison sentence of up to 10 years, a supervised release of up to three years, and a fine of up to $ 250,000. The charges of failing to register as a sex offender include a prison sentence of up to 10 years, a minimum of five years’ imprisonment and a life-long supervised release and a US $ 250,000 fine. Sentences are passed by a federal district judge based on U.S. sentencing guidelines and other legal factors.

Acting United States Attorney, Nathaniel R. Mendell; US Marshal John Gibbons of the Massachusetts District; US Marshal Thomas L. Foster of the Western District of Virginia; Kelly D. Brady, Special Representative for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Gregory Long, acting commissioner for the Boston Police Department, announced the announcement today. US Assistant Attorney Elianna Nuzum of Mendell’s Serious Crimes Division is pursuing the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), at the heart of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address these issues. As part of this strategy, PSN is focusing its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners in local prevention and re-entry programs to permanently reduce crime.

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