Even though Paul Mateiko has a license to carry firearms he does not have the right to possess a machine gun. Worcester Police actually found multiple machine guns when they searched Mateiko’s home Saturday night. These weapons along with 79 other firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and explosive devices were enough to convince a Worcester District Court Clerk Magistrate to impose bail in the amount of $15,000 for the defendant. Makeito was charged with four counts of illegal possession of a machine gun and one count of unlawful possession of an infernal machine.
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The crimes charged are as follows:
1. Possession of an infernal machine. This is prohibited by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 102A. That statute makes it a crime to possess any device that can danger life or property by fire or explosion. There is a possible 10 year prison sentence that can be imposed for anyone convicted of this crime. Massachusetts case law makes clear that the device must be something which is made. It cannot just exist of a single element of the device. It must consist of more than one part in order to be a device, instrument or machine.
2. Possession of a machine gun. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269 Section 10 makes it a crime to possess a machine gun. A conviction for this offense carries a minimum mandatory 18 months in the house of correction.
We represented people charged with firearms crimes on a regular basis. The harsh consequences of a conviction demand the services of an experienced Massachusetts Firearms Defense Attorney like Stephen Neyman. If you have been arrested for any crime call our office now at 617-263-6800 or contact us online.