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MA man who stole gun from National Guard armory sentenced to prison

A gavel cracks down. (Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid/U.S. Air Force)

A Worcester, Mass. man was sentenced in federal court Friday after admitting he stole a pistol from the Worcester National Guard armory and lied to firearms dealers.

Ruben Ramos, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 13 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm, five counts of making false statements in records required to be maintained by a federal firearms dealer and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

Mr. Ramos was indicted in federal court in September 2018 on the charges that involved firearms purchases from May 2017 to May 2018. During that period, Mr. Ramos, an employee of the U.S. Postal Service and a member of the Army National Guard, purchased at least 16 firearms, including 14 pistols and two rifles. According to charging documents, at least five times in making those purchases he provided a false address to firearms dealers from who he purchased seven firearms. He pleaded guilty to the charges in March.

In June 2018, Mr. Ramos admitted to federal investigators that he only had six of the 16 firearms he purchased. He admitted that he lied to firearms dealers twice in May 2018, when he acted as a straw buyer by claiming he was buying gun for himself when he was buying the guns for another person. Also in June 2018, investigators found a Beretta 9 mm pistol in Mr. Ramos’ residence that was property of the Army National Guard. He admitted to stealing the pistol from the National Guard facility on Plantation Street.

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