WORCESTER – A local man with a prior felony conviction entered a guilty plea in federal court in Worcester on Wednesday, Nov. 15, for his involvement in manufacturing and selling firearms, including untraceable ghost guns, and illegal possession of ammunition.
Mickie Simmons, 32, of Brookfield, admitted to one count of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license, one count of dealing firearms without a license, and two counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition. U.S. District Court Judge Margaret R. Guzman has set Simmons’ sentencing for Jan. 30, 2024. Simmons was initially arrested in May 2022 and later indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2022.
According to federal prosecutors, the investigation revealed that between March and May 2022, Simmons sold ammunition and ghost guns, which are firearms manufactured individually and not by a licensed company, to a confidential source. A search of Simmons’ residence led to the seizure of at least five ghost guns, including an AR-15 short-barrel rifle, 15 ghost gun kits, numerous rounds of ammunition, components of assault-style rifles, several other firearms, and over $25,000 in cash.
Simmons’ prior conviction in 2014 for breaking and entering, larceny, and conspiracy, which resulted in an 18-month prison sentence, legally prohibits him from possessing firearms and ammunition.