Pawtucket felon gets five years on firearm charges

Pawtucket felon gets five years on firearm charges

PROVIDENCE - Jamal Bannister, 20, of Pawtucket, R.I., and Dorchester, Mass., was sentenced on Friday, Jan. 31, to 60 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha and Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King.

U.S. District Court Judge William Smith ordered Bannister to serve three years of supervised release following completion of his prison term. Bannister pleaded guilty on Oct. 17 of last year to one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. No plea agreement was filed.

According to information presented to the court at the time of Bannister’s guilty plea last June, members of the Pawtucket Police Department searched his home, where a Pawtucket detective discovered and seized a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol and additional ammunition. The serial number on the firearm had been filed off and was unreadable.

Bannister has been detained since his arrest. According to information presented to the court, records from Massachusetts show that he was convicted of crimes punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year in December of 2011.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen G. Dambruch and Adi Goldstein.

An agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted Pawtucket Police Department detectives in the investigation.