Burlington man, who ‘desired’ to attack police, sentenced to prison on ammunition charge

Brendan Sheils, 32, illegally owned 30 pieces of ammunition, prosecutors said.

A 32-year-old Massachusetts man who prosecutors say desired to attack the Burlington Police Department was sentenced to prison Tuesday on an ammunition charge.

Brendan Sheils, of Burlington, was sentenced in Boston federal court to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty in December to one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to a statement from the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said that on Feb. 22, 2018, authorities received information that Sheils owned an Uzi weapon with a bump stock and “desired to attack” the local police department.

With a search warrant, police at Sheils’s home the next day found 30 pieces of ammunition and an AR-15 type rifle, which officials said was a “ghost gun” — a firearm made by purchasing pieces separately and assembling them together.


“The rifle was loaded with 28 of the pieces of the seized ammunition,” officials said in the statement.