Boston woman pleads guilty to federal firearms offense | USAO-MA

BOSTON – A Boston woman pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a gun and ammunition in federal court in Boston yesterday.

Bianca Blanchard, 33, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya Zobel scheduled the sentence on January 6, 2022. Blanchard was indicted in August 2019.

Blanchard was arrested in May 2019 after law enforcement found she fired a bullet at a moving vehicle on a residential street in Dorchester, resulting in a retaliatory shootout. A search of Blanchard’s apartment revealed a Ruger .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol and an extended magazine with 12 rounds of .380 caliber ammunition. Due to a previous conviction, Blanchard is prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

The charge of being in possession of ammunition includes a prison sentence of up to 10 years, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $ 250,000. The sentences are passed by a federal district judge based on US sentencing guidelines and other legal factors.

acting US Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; James Ferguson, Special Representative for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Acting Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, Gregory Long, announced today. US Attorney Elianna Nuzum of Mendell’s Serious Crimes Division is pursuing the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for all. Part of the Department’s renewed focus on combating violent criminals, PSN is directing all U.S. attorneys to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and the local community to develop effective, locally-based reduction strategies from developing violent crime.

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