Springfield man pleads guilty to distributing crack cocaine


A Springfield man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield to distributing crack cocaine.

Alonzo Williams Jr., 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine before U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni, who scheduled sentencing for June 26, 2019. Williams was arrested and charged in August 2018 and has been in custody since. 

Williams admitted that he possessed and distributed crack cocaine to a government witness near his home in Springfield. 

Williams faces a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years of supervised release and a fine of $1 million.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Springfield Police Acting Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood; and Holyoke Police Chief Manny Febo made the announcement today. Assistance was provided by the Hampden and Berkshire County Sheriff’s Departments, and the West Springfield and Chicopee Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil L. Desroches of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case  

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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