Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Brockton Man Gets 15 Years For Gun Possession

BOSTON--A Brockton man will spend up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to gun possession by a previously convicted felon after police found a .45 caliber Colt in a glove thrown out of the car the man was driving at high speed on Forest Avenue more than 2 years ago.
Cleveland Brandon, 38, of Brockton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 15 years imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release during a hearing in Boston Monday, April 4, according to a prepared statement from U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office.
At an earlier plea hearing on December 13, 2010, Brandon pleaded guilty to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
At the plea hearing in December, the prosecutor told the court that had the case proceeded to trial the government’s evidence would have proven that on the evening of October 8, 2009, police encountered Brandon traveling in a motor vehicle at a high rate of speed on Forest Avenue in Brockton.
As the vehicle was pulling over, the officer noted an object had been thrown from the passenger side window.
Once the vehicle was stopped, police found a .45 calliber Colt semi-automatic pistol with five rounds of ammunition in a glove on the sidewalk where the officer identified the spot where the object was thrown.
Brandon, who was alone in the vehicle, was taken into custody and charged.

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