Chelsea Man Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearm | USAO-MA
BOSTON – A man from Chelsea was convicted today for being a criminal who owned a gun.
Semaj Leary, 26, was sentenced to four years in prison and three years’ custody release by U.S. District Court judge Denise J. Casper after pleading guilty to a criminal in possession of a firearm in November 2020 be. Leary was charged in December 2019.
On August 15, 2019, Leary was in possession of a 9 mm semi-automatic Glock pistol, seven rounds of RP 9 mm ammunition, four rounds of WIN 9 mm ammunition, two rounds of VPT 9 mm ammunition and one round of WCC 9 mm caliber ammunition, a round Tulammo 9mm caliber ammunition and an additional magazine. Leary had previously been convicted of being a criminal in possession of a firearm and other crimes punishable by more than a year in prison and was therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.
Acting United States Attorney, Nathaniel R. Mendell; Kelly D. Brady, Special Representative for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Suffolk District Attorney Rachel Rollins; and Gregory Long, acting commissioner for the Boston Police Department, announced the announcement today. Mendell’s Criminal Division’s US assistant attorney, Mackenzie A. Queenin, was pursuing the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is 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.