Syracuse Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Possessing Firearms and Ammunition as a Felon

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Kamar L. Boatman, 36, of Syracuse was sentenced today to serve 60 months (five years) in federal prison for possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman, John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and Chief Kenton Buckner, Syracuse Police Department. Boatman was also sentenced to a 3-year term of supervised release following his prison sentence.

As part of his previous guilty plea, Boatman admitted that he possessed at his residence in Syracuse the following firearms and ammunition recovered by the Syracuse Police Department-Special Investigations Division (SPD-SID) during the execution of a search warrant on May 31, 2018:

Firearms 

One (1) Ruger pistol, model P89DC, caliber 9mm

One (1) Hi Point rifle, model 4595, .45 ACP caliber rifle,

One (1) Smith and Wesson rifle, model M&P15 .556 caliber rifle,

One (1) Defense Procurement Manufacturing Services model A15, Multi Caliber rifle (stolen)

Ammunition

Twenty-six (26) rounds of .223 caliber ammunition

Six (6) rounds of 9mm caliber ammunition

Eight (8) rounds of .45 caliber ammunition

As part of his previous guilty plea, Boatman also admitted that he was previously convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine (a felony) in United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, and was sentenced on May 7, 2010, to serve 48 months in federal prison. Today’s sentencing was Boatman’s fifth felony conviction.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

This case was investigated by the Syracuse Police Department-Special Investigations Division (SPD-SID) and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.