Springfield man gets 3 years on gun, firearms charges


Staff Writer
Published: 3/31/2022 12:17:48 PM
Modified: 3/31/2022 12:16:53 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A 31-year-old Springfield man was sentenced Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court to three years in state prison after pleading guilty to three indictments that stem from a 2020 traffic stop in Southampton. 

Southampton Police Officer Erik Loiko arrested Wilmar Chum, who was 29 at the time, on Feb. 3 on a federal warrant out of Texas. During the traffic stop on Route 10 in Southampton, Loiko found a loaded 9-millimeter pistol with damaged serial numbers, several bags of cocaine, a scale and more than $300 in cash, the Gazette reported at the time. 

Chum admitted to charges of unlawful carrying of a firearm; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number while in commission of a felony in a change of plea hearing before Judge Richard Carey on Wednesday, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.   

Two charges of unlawful possession of ammunition and one charge of possession of a loaded firearm were both dismissed by the commonwealth.  

Northwestern First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne, who represented the commonwealth, noted that Chum has been incarcerated since his arrest on Feb. 3, 2020 in Southampton. 

Chum’s attorney, Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross, said Chum was considered a “minimal participant” in the federal case and had no record in Massachusetts prior to the traffic stop, according to the DA’s office. 

Gagne and Rodriguez-Ross jointly recommended the three-year state prison sentence with credit for time served since his arrest in 2020, which Carey approved.

Emily Thurlow can be reached at ethurlow@gazettenet.com.


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