Armed career criminal sentenced to 15 years in prison

Louis Colon was convicted of possessing a firearm and ammunition

BOSTON (WWLP) – A man from Springfield was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, 31-year-old Louis Colon was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and three years of supervised release. In October of 2013, Colon was convicted of possessing a firearm and ammunition after being previously convicted of a felony.

Ortiz said on September 7, 2010, Colon sold a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol with 14 rounds of Remington 9mm ammunition to a man working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Colon was targeted for a federal prosecution because he had more than a dozen criminal convictions including crimes of violence and narcotics trafficking.

Ortiz said at the time of this sentence, Colon was under a state criminal justice sentence, and these prior convictions qualified him as an armed career criminal under federal law.

Note: United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Interim Hampden County District Attorney James C. Orenstein; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri, made the announcement Tuesday.  The case was prosecuted by Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

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