Worcester MA Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Loaded Semi-Automatic Pistol

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BOSTON – -(AmmoLand.com)- A Worcester man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Leroy Byron, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty in November 2019 to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Nov. 5, 2018, Byron was arrested for carrying an Intratec TEC9 semi-automatic pistol loaded with 32 rounds of ammunition. Byron is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior convictions punishable by more than one year in person.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office prosecuted the case.

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

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ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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Pastor Roy
Pastor Roy
1 year ago

I would have like to know what his felony conviction was for. There are a lot of non-violent felony crimes that I do not think should result in the offender being disbarred the ownership of firearms once they have served their sentence.

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
1 year ago

Selective justice is not real justice! His pals can keep slinging because they know the chances of being “leroy-ed” are slim to none

donfranko
donfranko
1 year ago

A small drop of justis in the desert. If our gov. ACTUALLY arrested and punished the gun crime on the books right now, maybe there would be such a push for taking away guns from lawful owners.

RoyD
RoyD
1 year ago

Some here want to know just how “bad” a man Mr. Byron was. Let me help you out with that:

https://www.telegram.com/news/20200206/worcester-man-gets-5-years-on-firearms-charge-despite-promising-youth-plea-for-another-chance

He should have been placed under the prison rather than in it.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

RoyD, convicted of driving infractions and a drug charge – non-violent felon. So is it the driving or the drugs that makes you believe he should not have any rights? Or is it that he had a firearm when he was not “allowed” to have it?

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago

Ammoland: When these hit pieces are published here, how’s about demanding BATF include the salient details of the disabling crime? Was he driving 20 over posted limit, a felony in most states, and harmed no one? Had he offed his ex-wife with a shotgun? These details are important to tell us the whole story. WHAT was the “felony” that rendered him prohibited? Was the sentence carried out? Have his full rights been restored afterward? So many actioins these days are labelled “felony” and are actions that harm no one, so WHY are they disabling crimes? IF his full sentence was… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  Tionico

Before 1968 people who were convinced of a felony and served their time were considered rehabilitated when freed and EX felons when they entered back into society. What magically happened in 1968? Oh I know, some psychopathic control freaks came up with the idea to make them PERMANENT “felons” and turn HUNDREDS of non violent violations into FELONIES to start a back door gun control scheme…NAAAAA THEY WOULD NEVER DO THAT! Or would they? Maybe “law enforcement’ needs to get shot with those 32 rounds from that KelTec 9. BECAUSE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND YOURSELF FROM AGGRESSION is an UNALIENABLE… Read more »

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
1 year ago

The problem with so many laws is there isn’t any teeth after the conviction to deter any criminal. So they pile on another useless law as to say “this time we really mean it”. Only one law is required, use a gun offensively in a crime, you go straight to jail for your efforts. No age discrimination, plea deals, no probation, no time off for good behavior and no freedom. But as we all know, leftists democrats are soft on criminals and the prisons are just a revolving door for the same ol B.S. Besides criminals create jobs.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

Michael, isn’t the crime the criminal act, not the firearm, knife, fist, etc.? If it is murder, rape, robbery, etc., does the tool matter, not the crime? Would you be less dead, raped, or robbed, if just physical force was used, not a weapon? Personally, I believe being beaten to death would be far worse, much longer, with much more pain and suffering involved than a shot quickly terminating one’s life.

Stag
Stag
1 year ago

Government thugs are bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again. #Infringement #AllArmsLawsAreUnconstitutional

JPM
JPM
1 year ago

I don’t know why Ammoland continues to post the bullshit lies from ATF. If anyone believes anything the ATF prints or says, they are morons and deserve to have their doors kicked in and their guns confiscated by the incompetent thugs of ATF before they wind up shooting themselves or someone else because they’re too stupid operate a firearm safely. When it happens they can count themselves lucky their dog, their kids and they survive.

StWayne
StWayne
1 year ago

What has to happen is that if a convicted felon serves their time, and does their parole without incident, then the full measure of their Constitutional rights must be reinstated. This is how you welcome them back into society, and, with open arms. Should they re-offend, then it’s back to prison with you to serve whatever time it was that got you there. Here in America, if there’s one thing we’re not short on, it’s laws. All they need is to be enforced.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  StWayne

NOTHING should be considered a CRIME unless there is a VICTIM. And the “State” cannot be victim because it is a FICTION. Just like YOU are when they CHARGE your STRAWMAN with a CRIME. Look into it. Joe Schmoe is NOT the same persona as JOE SCHMOE.
It’s so screwed up we need to hit a reset button and I do believe it is coming soon.

John
John
1 year ago

Each time a new firearm control measure comes down the pike we are told the same ole stale line, the purpose is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Mr. Byron, like countless others of like mind, again prove those measures are failures.

As the article clearly conveys, only in America is failure by public servants touted as success!

SweetOlBob
SweetOlBob
1 year ago

Whine and cry about poor little Leroy if you want, but this is the kind of law that needs to be enforced. He knew he was in violation of the law, and in his case, the law was specifically against HIM, but for some reason, he chose to ignore it. The crime he may have committed, while armed, would be used against every law abiding gun owner ! Leroy was not singled out for random punishment. He lost his rights by being a felon. I agree with the sentence and wish it would be applied more to other felons and… Read more »

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
1 year ago
Reply to  SweetOlBob

I’m with you bob that’s why things like the ability to carry a firearm or even simple things like driving a car should not be taken for granted, DUI? lose your license , get convicted as a felon for something stupid or haneus either way you lose your rights for a firearm, pretty simple just act like an adult make good decisions you won’t have to worry about it.

Skippy
Skippy
1 year ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

No Sempai, worry about it. They don’t care about criminals, they are coming after YOU. Red Flag Laws, etc.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
1 year ago
Reply to  Skippy

@9042306393…..Nawwww I’m not worrying bout it I surround myself with others like myself 2nd amendment patriots …not worried bout red flag laws…banning suppressors ..one gun a month etc more ammo than I should have… got everything I need been getting ready since 2010
But thanks for caring

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Are you SURE you don’t have a FELONIOUS amount of ammunition?

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
1 year ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Why yes …yes sir I do…so many 30 mm ammo cans I can’t even hide them sir…proud of it too
You familiar with a JOBBOX? big orange square bin found on jobsites…..smiling

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

I repeat my post to you that I meant for Bob . FELON!

BigJim
BigJim
1 year ago
Reply to  SweetOlBob

I thought no free man should be barred the use of arms. Then he shouldn’t be out of the clink yet.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  BigJim

EXACTLY! I have a neighbor, who lives two houses down from me who is considered a “felon” because he drove drunk three times. Arkansas has a law that makes you a felon for that. No one hurt, no body injured… and no I don’t think people should drive drunk. But he is now allowed to have a gun to protect his wife and family. His wife isn’t allowed to have a gun in the house to protect the family because her husband is a “convicted” felon. WE NEED A RESET BUTTON!

Stag
Stag
1 year ago
Reply to  SweetOlBob

Sounds like bootlicker shit to me but whatever. #Infringement #AllArmsLawsAreUnconstitutional

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
1 year ago
Reply to  Stag

. Sooo the maggot that tried to run over the 5 old ladies at a Republican tent this weekend in Jacksonville fl..MY HOME TOWN suspended license along with priors but not in jail sunday when this went down you think he as a free man should be able to own a gun of any fucking kind ? Cmon man take your bootlicker comment to somebody else maybe next time it’s your mom or grandma working the tent. Hmmmmm feel a little different then wouldntcha.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Sendai, based on the fact he used a vehicle on a suspended license, I don’t believe not “allowing” him to own a firearm would have been, nor would be, of any value. He wasn’t “allowed” to drive, but did so anyway. If his intent was to kill and he used a vehicle, why didn’t the law against murder prevent him, or at minimum, the law prohibiting him from driving work? Yet you believe a law against “allowing” him to own a firearm would have prevented this? or any other crime he may have or might commit?

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
1 year ago

@ heed the call up..Nooo if he had a gun he could have 1)shot everyone after trying to run them over 2) walked up with a smile and shot everyone 3) they saw the van coming hence they got out of the way best they could 4) Could have hidden a firearm prolly a hi point alot easier than hiding the van driving towards them at a hi rate of speed 5) Seriously dude ? 6) some folks out there shouldn’t have a gun I earned that right with a clean record if your going to argue that EVERYONE REGARDLESS… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

Sempai, I realize now that my prior post was to a different story. I was reading my email on my phone and erroneously posted to the wrong story. This story was on the man arrested with a firearm and was a “prohibited” person. The problem with making people “prohibited” is, as we see today, the list of those “prohibited” gets longer and longer with each new “gun control” law that is passed. At some point the list will become so vast, we will all be on it. As an example, the Democrats in Virginia are proposing a bill making a… Read more »

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
1 year ago

Vehicle is definitely a weapon not saying it isnt

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago

McVeighs fertilizer bomb? Boy talk about cognitive dissonance. Look up GENERAL BENJAMIN PARTIN on that nonsense.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

So, you SERIOUSLY BELIEVE that because he wasn’t “supposed” to have a gun that he couldn’t have got one and did the exact things you are stating? KNOCK KNOCK…anyone at HOME between your ears?

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

There were VICTIMS. He is a CRIMINAL. Try him, convict him and cage him. When he has been “rehabilitated” let him out and let him have a gun to defend himself. How SIMPLE can that be? Huh? FELON?

RoyD
RoyD
1 year ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

As I have stated before, “rehabilitation” means restoring to a former place. The trouble is that almost all felons never were in that place to which you want to “restore” them in the first place. That is the truth.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  SweetOlBob

I suggest you take a trip to Amazon and look up the book called Three Felonies a Day and I’m sorry to say. YOU TOO ARE A FELON. You just haven’t been CAUGHT yet or PROSECUTED for any of the MANY felonies YOU commit.

RoyD
RoyD
1 year ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

Is that projection you’re putting out, CL?

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

And every single time somebody rounds up 3 or 4 gangbangers on the streets of baltimore nothing happens to them, all of which have priors for which they could have been sentenced to more than 1 year, you know, things like murder, multiple murders, armed robbery, home invasions, rape, assault(s), drug distribution, you know, things like that. Hell, they probably dint even do time for those because well, they’re out on the streets GETTING CAUGHT CARRYING GUNS!! first which there will be no punishment.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, I’m put in mind of one of Heinlein’s comments, in Farnham’s Freehold I think, about prison being an insult to a man. If a person can’t live within the laws of his society, he should be flushed from it. The only problem that I see with that is that, with Dems making up laws as they go along, and few if any being constitutional, a lot of good people get caught up in the flushing.

tetejaun
tetejaun
1 year ago

In the Declaration of Independence, it states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” “that to secure these rights…” meaning “these rights” that were pre-existing and belonged to and held by the People. Since the “rights” existed before a servant government was created by the People, to “secure” said rights, there can… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  tetejaun

And PROUDLY become FELONS in the process! Do you think the guys who shot the British at Concord would have been considered goody two shoes fellows by the British if they had been caught and tried? The laws that they are passing are DECLARATIONS OF WAR against us. What do you do when WAR IS DECLARED AGAINST YOU??? AIM SMALL MISS SMALL.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 year ago

First, every American citizen who is of age and who is NOT in jail or the loony farm has the GOD given, constitutionally protected right and MANDATE to keep and bear arms. Is the guy a dirt bag? I don’t know. All the article says is he had prior convictions but, then again, that is the a t f e talking so the truth might never be known. The a t f e and their lawyers have made quite a living making second class citizens (subjects) out of constitution and/or Scripture abiding citizens ever since they started. The 2A is… Read more »

tetejaun
tetejaun
1 year ago

Excellent.

gregs
gregs
1 year ago

it is not right that a man should pull one verse out of scripture out of the Bible to make their point. GOD is the final authority and if you read Romans 13, you will see that governments were established by Him for the benefit of mankind. people who commit horrific crimes can and should have some rights taken from them, they were executed in biblical times to keep the perverted out of society, now perversion runs rampant with no moral authority. using your justification, would you let a pedophile work in a daycare center after their prison term has… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  gregs

Gregs; How about “thou shall not steal”? “Thou shall not murder”? Ever read what happens when someone murderers someone? What about when you catch someone robbing your home? What about not standing by and watching your neighbor get murdered or robbed or kidnapped? THERE ARE MANY, MANY EXAMPLES IN SCRIPTURE AS TO SELF DEFENCE, KEEPING AND BEARING ARMS, DEFENSE OF YOUR NEIGHBORS, FAMILY AND EVEN THE STRANGER IN THE LAND. Keep reading and you will find that most all of the prophets and disciples broke governmental law, even temple law. They were warned and beaten and jailed repeatedly but they… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago

WHAT? You were down voted twice for preaching the absolute common sense truth! Shows you one thing…lots of folks really DON’T Believe in the right to keep and bear arms. Except for their own sorry asses.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 year ago

Sorry guys, I said part of this wrong. JESUS DID NOT BREAK ANY LAW. HE BROKE TEMPLE TRADITION. They tried to kill HIM several times with their excuse HE says HE is GOD. HE was accused of breaking temple law. They tried to trick HIM into not paying taxes to Cesar. Through all of this JESUS broke no laws. JESUS fulfilled the law.

Arm up, carry on.

Tionico
Tionico
1 year ago
Reply to  gregs

quote: “governments were established by Him for the benefit of mankind.” Not quite. READ those verses… The “civil magistrate” is given by God to “bear the sword against those who do harm”. First off, HOW MANY actions these days are some list of “felony crimes” that the gummit poohbahs forced upon us without our knowledge or permission? If I am caught driving in my car at a speedmore than 20 miles per hour above the “posted speed limit” I can be charged with “FELONY negligent driving”. There are stretches of full FREEWAY around here deliberately posted at 50 or 55… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  gregs

WHAT A CONVOLUTED VIEW OF ROMANS 13! With that perspective we should all be having tea and speaking with a British accent. Give me a BREAK!

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago

Well stated!

Arizona
Arizona
1 year ago

WTF is wrong with this country? Possession of a tool gets you locked up for 5 years, but actual rape or murder or child abuse often results in 3 years and they are out, or no time at all because a deal is struck or evidence is tainted.

How about we actually hold people accountable for hurting others, and stop worrying about what tool they used?

Murder is murder, whether a knife or a gun was used. The crime of rape should result in a harsher punishment than the mere possession of a tool.

SweetOlBob
SweetOlBob
1 year ago
Reply to  Arizona

Ariz.: You cannot equate one crime with the other. The dummy KNEW he was at risk for a long term when he carried the piece in the first place. Do you want every felon to be able to be armed ? Too many times gun laws like this are “bargained” away by gung ho prosecutors just looking for another guilty plea to ad to their list. Y’know, “If you plead guilty to the burglary, Leroy, we wont mention the fed. rap for having a gun.” So he pleads guilty, is sentenced to two years, does six months, is released, gets… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  SweetOlBob

Will, he was already not “allowed” to have his “tools”. How did that law prevent his “illegal” acquisition? Government has convinced the submissive general public – in an egalitarian society – that there is a sub-class of citizens that it has the authority – nowhere in our Constitution – to deny rights of. The real trouble, as we see with more and more laws, is that sub-class grows to include more and more citizens with each law infringing on our natural and inalienable rights. At what point will the laws be such that every citizen will become part of that… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago

Yep!

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
1 year ago
Reply to  SweetOlBob

He is either a FELON IN A CAGE or an EX FELON out of one. Which is it? According to the psychopathic control freaks that make the “laws” he is considered a FELON for life. Makes no damn sense.

Fyathyrio
Fyathyrio
1 year ago

So, Harold’s writing has become so shitty that ATF press releases are preferred?

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
1 year ago
Reply to  Fyathyrio

Well, better than him telling us to bow down, smile and take. It is always good to know what to infringements upon our RKBA that “shall not be infringed” are being utilized against free men/women, so we can become informed and aware. Of course no one wants a known danger to the public to be able to harm others, however, as these predators show, infringing on our natural and inalienable rights has no effect upon them obtaining the tools used in their crimes. They still obtain the objects that they are not “allowed” to obtain, possess or use. The only… Read more »