Holyoke man gets five years in prison on weapons charge

Staff Report

Published: 07-26-2023 2:59 PM

SPRINGFIELD — A Holyoke man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to five years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, the U.S. attorney’s office announced.

Joe Anthony Montaner-Vazquez, 25, pleaded guilty in April to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. In May 2022, he was found in possession of a Glock 9 mm pistol and 20 rounds of ammunition after he attempted to flee from police. Montaner-Vazquez was previously convicted of a felony and is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni ordered that Montaner-Vazquez undergo three years of supervised release after serving his sentence.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil L. Desroches.


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