Worcester Man Sentenced for Being Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

BOSTON – A Worcester man was sentenced today in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Nicholas Briggs, 22, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 40 months in prison and three years of supervised release. On May 11, 2021, Briggs pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On July 4, 2020, Briggs was arrested for carrying a loaded Glock pistol. Briggs is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior convictions punishable by more than one year in prison.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; James Ferguson, 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Danial E. Bennett of Mendell’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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