Malden Man Indicted on Federal Firearms Offense

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BOSTON – A Malden man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with illegally possessing a firearm.

Herby Paul, 27, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Paul was detained following an initial appearance yesterday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler.

According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 24, 2021, in Canton, Paul possessed a semiautomatic handgun and 13 rounds of ammunition. Paul is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior felony convictions.

The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Dell’Anno of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.