Barnstable Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm

Sold an Uzi for $800 to a cooperating witness at a Hyannis hotel

BOSTON – A Barnstable man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for illegally possessing a firearm.

Matthew Monroe, 27, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to two years in prison and three years of supervised release. In October 2016, Monroe pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On March 11, 2016, Monroe sold an IMI Uzi Model A, semi-automatic rifle to a cooperating witness for $800 at a hotel in Hyannis. The transaction was recorded by law enforcement. Monroe was convicted of breaking and entering in 2013, and was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm in 2016.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe; and Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald made the announcement today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric S. Rosen of Weinreb’s Criminal Division prosecuted the case.


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