For Immediate Release - May 12, 2014

Newell and Thompson Press Release

          District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that on May 9, 2014, Christopher M. Newell (DOB: 04/01/1990) and Ashley L. Thompson (DOB: 11/21/1989) were sentenced in Barnstable Superior Court.  Newell pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine, Conspiracy, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and Armed Career Criminal.  Thompson pleaded guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine.

          Judge Robert C. Rufo sentenced Newell to six to eight years committed in State Prison on the Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine, Conspiracy, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Armed Career Criminal charges.  Rufo sentenced Newell to five years to five years and one day on the Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony charge.  Rufo sentenced Newell to one year in the House of Correction on the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition charges.  Rufo ordered all sentences to run concurrently with each other.

          Rufo sentenced Thompson to three to four years committed in State Prison on the Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine charges.

          The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant during the early morning hours of June 7, 2013, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.   During the execution, the police secured Newell and Thompson in a bedroom.  Within the bedroom, the police found heroin, cocaine, ammunition, evidence suggesting an intent to distribute drugs and personal items.  Just outside the bedroom, the police found a loaded firearm with a high capacity feeding device.  In the basement, the police found more ammunition.  The police recovered a fingerprint from the basement ammunition container that matched Newell’s fingerprints.  Newell had a prior violent crime or serious drug offense conviction.

          The case was investigated by the Barnstable Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police. 

          The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Edward F.X. Lynch.