Worcester Man Facing 10 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearm

Worcester Man Facing 10 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearm

WORCESTER – A 37-year-old Worcester man is facing 10 years in prison after he was charged in federal court on Friday, Sept. 10 for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

Lawrence Rutherford, of 98 Greenhill Parkway, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

As ThisWeekinWorcester.com previously reported, on June 5, Rutherford was one of seven people that were arrested at ten locations throughout Worcester on multiple charges involving narcotics and firearms as part of a year-long joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Worcester Police Department.

According to the Dept. of Justice, law enforcement agents found two guns and more than 600 rounds of ammunition in Rutherford’s home while executing a search warrant there.  Rutherford is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior convictions punishable by more than one year in person.

At the time of the arrest, Rutherford was charged with two counts of Use of Firearm in a Felony, two counts of Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card, Possession of Class B Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Class A Substance, Possession of Class C substance, Firearm Violation with 3 Prior Violent/Drug Crimes, and Possession of Ammunition without An FID Card.

Along with the sentence of up to 10 year in prison, Rutherford could also face up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

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