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BOSTON, MA – Benjamin Hunter-Blake, 25, of Springfield, was convicted yesterday in federal court in Springfield of several weapons offenses. U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni sentenced Hunter-Blake to 114 months in prison, followed by 36 months of probation.

In April 2024, Hunter-Blake pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, illegal possession of a machine gun, and illegal possession of an unregistered firearm (a silencer).

On January 27, 2023, during a search of Hunter-Blake’s Springfield residence, officers seized five handguns, including a .40 caliber pistol with an attached “Glock Switch” machine gun conversion device, an assault rifle pistol with a silencer, and a high-capacity drum magazine for 22 rounds of ammunition. Authorities also seized four additional Glock Switches, a large collection of ammunition, high-capacity magazines, and other gun-related items. Hunter-Blake’s cellphone contained evidence that he had obtained and distributed firearms, including Glock Switches, to other individuals, including at least one individual with a felony conviction.

Hunter-Blake had previously been convicted twice in state court of serious weapons offenses and was under indictment and under house arrest for a third state weapons offense at the time of the federal offenses.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy and James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, announced the verdict. Valuable assistance was provided by the Springfield Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of the Springfield Branch prosecuted the case.

  • Springfield man sentenced to over 9 years in prison for weapons offenses

    BOSTON, MA – Benjamin Hunter-Blake, 25, of Springfield, was convicted yesterday in federal court in Springfield of several weapons offenses. U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni sentenced Hunter-Blake to 114 months in prison, followed by 36 months of probation.

    In April 2024, Hunter-Blake pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, illegal possession of a machine gun, and illegal possession of an unregistered firearm (a silencer).

    On January 27, 2023, during a search of Hunter-Blake’s Springfield residence, officers seized five handguns, including a .40 caliber pistol with an attached “Glock Switch” machine gun conversion device, an assault rifle pistol with a silencer, and a high-capacity drum magazine for 22 rounds of ammunition. Authorities also seized four additional Glock Switches, a large collection of ammunition, high-capacity magazines, and other gun-related items. Hunter-Blake’s cellphone contained evidence that he obtained and distributed firearms, including Glock Switches, to other individuals, including at least one individual with a felony conviction.

    Hunter-Blake had previously been convicted twice in state court of serious weapons offenses and was under indictment and under house arrest for a third state weapons offense at the time of the federal offenses.

    Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy and James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, announced the verdict. Valuable assistance was provided by the Springfield Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of the Springfield Branch prosecuted the case.

  • NYPD asks public for help in finding missing teenager in Brooklyn

    Brooklyn, New York: The most beautiful cities – The New York Police Department is asking the public for help in locating a missing person from the 63rd Precinct.

    The missing person is Jennifer Romelus, a 15-year-old black female who resides at 4211 Avenue K. She was last seen leaving her residence on Tuesday, June 25 at approximately 5:00 p.m.

    Jennifer is described as being about 1.80 m tall, weighing 54 kg, with medium-light skin and black hair. She was last seen wearing a black sweater over a black T-shirt, blue denim shorts and black sneakers.

    Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the NYPD.

  • Three men convicted of multi-state crime spree that ended in Louisiana

    Lake Charles, Louisiana – Three men involved in a series of crimes in multiple states have been sentenced in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown. Each of the defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery under the Hobbs Act and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. U.S. District Judge James D. Cain, Jr. sentenced the defendants as follows:

    • Evan Aaron Ard22, from Hammond: 123 months in prison
    • Jaylon Deshon Brumfield25, from Lake Charles: 120 months in prison
    • Bull Terrell Finley22, from Hammond: 131 months in prison

    Each of the defendants must serve five years’ probation following their prison sentence.

    The three men were charged in connection with a series of robberies that occurred between April 14, 2022, and April 27, 2022, spanning from Madison, Louisiana, to Kentwood, Louisiana, McComb, Mississippi, Beaumont, Texas, and into Vinton, Louisiana. They conspired to rob several businesses and individuals, including Bordertown Travel, using force, threats, and violence. They admitted to using firearms to extort property from the cashier during the Bordertown Travel robbery, and also stole vehicles, firearms, and property from grocery stores and robbed individuals at gunpoint.

    The crime spree ended after the robbery in Vinton, Louisiana, where the three attempted to flee in a stolen vehicle. Police deployed nail guns, leading to a high-speed chase and subsequent foot pursuit, which resulted in the arrest of Ard, Brumfield and Finley.

    U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown commented on the impact of their actions: “These three defendants left many victims frightened and traumatized by the threat of gun violence and robberies. They had no regard for the property or lives of others as they traversed three states committing these robberies. Thanks to the cooperation of many partners at the state, local and federal levels, this crime spree was brought to an end without loss of life. I commend the efforts of all agencies involved in this investigation and we will continue to work together to keep these cold-hearted individuals off our streets.”