Convicted Felon Sentenced for Federal Firearms Offenses

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BOSTON – A Templeton man was sentenced today in federal court in Worcester for federal firearms offenses.

John Shaw, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In September 2020, Shaw pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm not identified by serial number.

During a search at Shaw’s residence on Sept. 24, 2019, an AR-15 short-barreled rifle that did not bear a serial number, over 50 rounds of .22 Long Rifle caliber ammunition, 27 rounds of .357 Sig caliber ammunition, 10 expended brass cartridge cases and one complete round of 30-06 ammunition were seized. Shaw was previously convicted in Winchendon District Court of breaking and entering in the night with intent to commit a felony and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. As a previously convicted felon, Shaw is prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

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Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Ashburnham Police Chief Lorring Barrett, Jr.; Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent; and Hopkinton Police Chief Joseph Bennett made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kristen Noto and Michelle L. Dineen Jerrett of Mendell’s Worcester Branch Office prosecuted the case.


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