BOSTON (WWLP) – A man from Brookline was sentenced to prison for illegally possessing two privately made machine guns. 

On October 15, 2022, a Trooper was called to the weigh station on I-95 South in Rowley after witnesses reported a vehicle being operated erratically had pulled into the weigh station. The Trooper spoke with the driver, 24-year-old Stewart Silvestri, and observed a handgun with a 50-round drum magazine in plain sight inside the vehicle and another handgun under the driver’s seat.

According to charging documents, a search of the vehicle revealed 14 privately made firearms (also known as ghost guns), hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and numerous firearm parts. Two of the firearms were fully automatic pistols, classified as machine guns. 

According to the Department of Justice in Boston, Silvestri pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of machine guns, he was sentenced to 42 months in prison.

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