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Massachusetts Man Sentenced to Prison for Smuggling Firearms from Alabama


NEW YORK– A guy from Boston was given a sentence in federal court for bringing dozens of guns from Alabama into Massachusetts without a permit.

A judge in the U.S. District Court gave 26-year-old Jahquel Pringle a sentence of 42 months in jail and three years of supervised release, according to the Massachusetts Department of Justice. In February 2024, Pringle admitted to one count of conspiring to illegally transport guns, two counts of illegally transporting or receiving in one’s home state a firearm bought or obtained outside of one’s home state, and two counts of having a firearm while a felon. In July 2022, a federal grand jury charged Pringle, along with Brandon Moore, Jarmori Brown, and Kobe Smith.

Moore lived in Alabama, where Pringle, Brown, Moore, and Smith planned to get at least 24 guns from there and then bring them to Boston. On two separate trips in July and August 2020, Pringle took a commercial bus from Boston to Alabama to get the guns from Moore. He then took the same bus back to Boston with the guns hidden in bags. There are at least seven of the guns that have been found on the streets of Boston and nearby towns. In Alabama, Pringle was caught on video firing one of the guns. Pringle can’t have guns because he was convicted of a crime in the past.

Brown pleaded guilty to his part in the plot and was given a sentence of 18 months in jail and three years of supervised release in July 2023. Since then, Moore has pleaded guilty in the Middle District of Alabama, where his case was moved. Smith admitted guilt in March 2024, and his sentence is set for June 12, 2024.

The news was shared by Joshua S. Levy, acting US Attorney, and James M. Ferguson, special agent in charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The Major Crimes Unit was in charge of this case.

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