Springfield man sentenced for selling firearm

He was previously convicted of rape

Hector Nieves (Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department)

BOSTON – A Springfield man was sentenced in connection with unlawfully selling a firearm and ammunition.

Hector Nieves was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Springfield to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. Nieves pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon in April.

Nieves was previously convicted of rape and failed to register as a sex offender.

Nieves negotiated a sale of a .22 caliber pistol and ammunition in September 2015. Nieves received money from the buyer and arranged for an associate to deliver the firearm and ammunition.

Being a convicted felon, Nieves was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

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