Springfield man sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm

Arresting officers found the handgun in his backpack


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man previously convicted on a felony charge was sentenced on Friday in U.S. District Court in Springfield for possession of a firearm with the serial numbers scratched off.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, 28-year-old Lavon Pemberton of Springfield pleaded guilty to the firearm charge in September 2015. The judge sentenced him to seven years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Pemberton was arrested on June 15, 2012 for an outstanding warrant. Ortiz said when the arresting officers searched Pemberton’s backpack, they found a Taurus .357 caliber handgun loaded with six rounds of hollow-point .380 ammunition.

Ortiz said three days before being arrested, Pemberton was convicted for an attempted second degree assault charge and sentenced to five years; however, that sentence was suspended.

NOTE: United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Commissioner John Barbieri of the Springfield Police Department, made the announcement.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin O’Regan and Katharine A. Wagner of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

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