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Fitchburg Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearm as a Felon

By Tom Marino | May 24, 2024
Last Updated: May 24, 2024

WORCESTER – A local man pleaded guilty in federal court to gun- charges on Friday, May 24.

Satron Pridgen, 46, of Fitchburg, pleades guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was indicted in November 2023.

According to federal prosecutors, Pridgen injured a man during an altercation outside Mill City Pub in Fitchburg at around 1:30 AM on Sept. 15, 2023. The accusations in the case say that duriung the altercation, Pridgen grabed a man from behind in a chokehold and hit the man in the head with a loaded pistal several times.

When law enforcement intervened, Pridget allegedly fled and attempted to discard the firearm near a dumpster. Police apprehended Pridgen shortly after he fled.

Prosecutors say that Pridgen has numerous prior convictions in Worcester Superior Court:

  • Sentencd to nine to 10 years for Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon  in November 1999;
  • Sentenced to 10 to 12 years for Armed Assault with Intent to Rob, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition as a Career Criminal in October 2011; and
  • Sentenced to 9 to 10 years for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Distribution of Cocaine.

The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm provides for a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

The judge in the case scheduled sentencing for Aug. 22, 2024.

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