Worcester Man Sentenced for Making False Statements During Purchase of 16 Firearms Reports U.S. Attorney.
United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in New England; and Sharon E. Ormsby, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New England, announced that SAMUEL "Shaheed" LEWIS, age 34, of Worcester, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV to 1 year and 3 months imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.
On July 31, 2006, LEWIS was convicted by a federal trial jury of fifteen counts of making false statements during the purchase of the 16 firearms. The evidence presented at trial established that on various dates between August 2002 and September 2003, in the towns of Lunenburg, Webster, Northboro, Gardner, West Boylston and Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, LEWIS made false written statements regarding his residential address to six different licensed gun dealers during the purchase of 16 firearms. The six licensed gun dealers from whom LEWIS purchased the firearms include: Clarence Edgar Floyd of Lunenburg, Sparky's Gun Shop of Webster, Village Gun Shop of Northboro, Match Shot of Gardner, Wayne's Weaponry of West Boylston, and The Gun Room of Shrewsbury.
To prove LEWIS' motive for committing the offenses, the government presented evidence that while LEWIS was purchasing the firearms and lying about his residential address to the firearms dealers, he was enrolled in Catholic Charities' Homeward Bound program, which provides housing to homeless families, and later he obtained free housing from the Worcester Housing Authority Transitional Housing Program. The rules of the Homeward Bound program prohibited the possession of firearms. Similarly, LEWIS concealed his firearm purchases, which cost in excess of $2,600, from the Worcester Housing Authority.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Worcester Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney B. Stephanie Siegmann in Sullivan's Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit.
CONTACT: Samantha Martin of U.S. Attorney, +1-617-748-3139, or John Joseph Moakley, United States Courthouse, +1-617-748-3139
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