News Release
For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Worcester Man Sentenced to 57 Months on
Federal Gun and Drug Charges

FEB 27--WORCESTER, MA - A Worcester man was sentenced in a federal court today for being a felon in possession of a firearm and distributing oxycodone.

Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Gary J. Gemme, Chief of the Worcester Police Department; announced that RICHARD KELLER, age 28, formerly of 22 Bangor Street, Worcester, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV, to 57 months of imprisonment, to be followed by 3 of supervised release. On October 14, 2008, KELLER pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of distributing oxycodone.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the government=s evidence would have proven that on May 25, June 7, and July 2, 2007, KELLER sold oxycodone to a witness cooperating with the government. KELLER also sold a firearm to KELLER on July 2, 2007. At the time KELLER sold the firearm, KELLER had previously been convicted of multiple felonies for drugs and violent crime.

At the sentencing hearing, the government played a recorded conversation between KELLER and the cooperating witness which occurred during the drug and gun negotiations on July 2, 2007. In that conversation, KELLER asked the cooperating witness to murder a third party whom KELLER believed was providing evidence against KELLER. The investigators arrested KELLER shortly after learning of his desire to have the third party killed. Judge Saylor found KELLER to be at a "higher level of dangerousness and antisocial behavior" than many drug traffickers.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration's Tactical Diversion Squad in Worcester, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Worcester Police Department.