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Early morning fight at Brighton IHOP ends with man pulling out loaded gun, police say

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man on gun and drug charges early Sunday morning after, they say, an altercation that started when he laughed at the sight of another man falling inside the Soldiers Field Road IHOP ended when he pulled out a gun loaded with 11 rounds and threatened the man with it.

According to police, witnesses told them that around 4:35 a.m., inside one of Boston's few 24-hour restaurants, "an individual inside of the restaurant had fallen and the suspect began laughing at him." That led to an argument, the climax of which came when the laughing man "removed a firearm from his waistband before threatening to shoot the victim and fleeing the scene in the silver sedan."

Police say they found Gordon Newton, 35, of Dorchester in the silver car down Soldiers Field Road, near Everett Street. Police say that after removing Newton and his female companion, officers and state troopers found a bullet in the rear seat "along with five sealed medicine bottles and one open medicine bottle containing a substance believed to be codeine."

A gun-sniffing dog was called in, and helped officers locate "a Smith and Wesson 9mm firearm loaded with eleven rounds of live ammunition as well as one spent shell casing" along Soldiers Field Road, between the IHOP and where Newton was stopped, police say.

Newton was charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, subsequent offense, possession of a large-capacity firearm, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, possession of Class A drugs with intent to distribute and driving with a suspended license, police say.

Innocent, etc.

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Idiot House of Pistols.

I can only hope he did the 'if any of you pricks move' bit from Pulp Fiction.

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Career criminal, lengthy rap sheet, lengthy list of offenses this time around.

Going to guess 15-18 months maximum sentence. Plea deal down to a misdemeanor.

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Take the gun, leave the pancakes.

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This is a good case to highlight where prosecutors and defense attorneys find a way around the otherwise successful Bartley-Fox one year mandatory minimum sentence for carrying a firearm without a license which is a different charge than possession of a firearm without a license (no mandatory minimum).

It is often asked here why repeat unlicensed gun carriers don't seem to get the mandatory one year minimum and that's usually because the carrying is changed to the weaker possession as part of a plea bargain. Both carrying and possession are charged in this case. Watch for the way the carrying charge is handled of and whether he gets the one year if convicted.

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They changed the law in Massachusetts around 2005-2006 which Possession of a firearm carries a 18 months minimum mandatory sentence not a year

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The distinction between the words possession/carry is meaningless. The issue is whether you are in possession somewhere other than your residence or place of business. That’s the difference between 10(a) and 10(h). Leave the heavy lifting to others, fish.

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Everytime I've been there late night they've had a state trooper doing detail.

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Can't even go to IHOP anymore

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This isn't a Waffle House.

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... Police say that after removing Newton and his female companion, officers and state troopers found a bullet in the rear seat...A gun-sniffing dog was called in, and helped officers locate "a Smith and Wesson 9mm firearm loaded with eleven rounds of live ammunition as well as one spent shell casing" along Soldiers Field Road, between the IHOP and where Newton was stopped, police say...

So this guy managed to shoot his own back seat before throwing away the pistol? What a jamoke.

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All gun cases go to gun Court downtownThe law in Massachusetts is two and a half years 18 months to serve the rest suspended on probation in Gun Court have done time several times with people with first offense gun charges this is a subsequent so he'll be indicted all gun cases go through gun Court in downtown in the BMC building.

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