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Ware Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Ammunition and Manufacturing Explosive Materials

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 10, 2009
  • District of Massachusetts (617) 748-3100

SPRINGFIELD, MA—A Ware man was convicted today in federal court of Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon and Manufacturing Explosive Materials without a License.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Division; Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; Leigh-Alistair Barzey, Resident Agent in Charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Agency; and Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, announced today that ABRAHAM FORISH, age 36, of Ware, Massachusetts, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to one count of Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon and one count of Manufacturing Explosive Materials without a License.

At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that FORISH possessed numerous rounds of varying calibers of ammunition after having been convicted of a felony. FORISH also manufactured the explosive material triacetone triperoxide (TATP) without a license.

Judge PONSOR scheduled sentencing for March 11, 2010. FORISH faces up to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on each count of the superseding indictment.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Ortiz's Springfield Branch Unit.

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