PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Benjamin Fry, 32, of Fall River, Mass., was sentenced today to 51 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Boston Field Office.
Fry was also sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence. Fry pleaded guilty on January 31, 2012, to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Fry had previously been convicted in state courts for trafficking drugs and being in possession of a pistol without a license.
At the time of his guilty plea, Fry admitted to the court that in August 2010 he sold two “eight balls” of crack cocaine and a firearm to a person who was, at the time, assisting ATF agents who were conducting an undercover investigation. Fry admitted to the court that he met with the man in Fall River on August 18, 2010, and sold him two “eight balls” for $280. Fry admitted that the two men then drove to Providence where he retrieved a loaded .22 caliber pistol from a residence and sold it to the man for $600. Both transactions were captured on electronic recording devices.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose. The matter was investigated by ATF with the assistance of the Fall River, Mass., Police Department.