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Man who was arrested for an armed holdup in the North End now faces federal charges that could mean life

The US Attorney's office reports a federal grand jury yesterday indicted Dante Mirabella, 52, on charges he held up Bob's Grocery on Endicott Street at gunpoint on May 30 - charges that carry penalties of up to life in prison.

Mirabella was already facing local charges for that robbery and two others. Mirabella has been held in custody since his arrest, in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The grand jury charged him with one count of interfering with commerce by robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a penalty of between 10 years and life; the other charges could mean sentences of up to 20 years, the US Attorney's office reports.

According to Boston Police and the federal indictment, a masked Mirabella walked into Bob's around 6:50 p.m. on May 30 with a Hi-Point .380 caliber semi-automatic, loaded with seven bullets, which he then removed from his waistband and used to demand money. According to the indictment:

[He] did unlawfully take and obtain said personal property from the person and in the presence of another, an employee of Bob's Grocery Store, against her will, by means of actual and threatened force, and violence, and fear of injury, immediate and future, to her person and property and property in her custody and possession.

Boston Police say they arrested Mirabella the next day, with the gun and the seven bullets, at Charter Street and Jackson Avenue after officers spotted him "engaged in multiple hand to hand drug transactions in the area of 190 Salem Street in the North End before getting on a bicycle and fleeing the area."

Innocent, etc.

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Why is this a Federal, rather than state, indictment?

He's the second local guy to be charged by the feds for a local gun offense in a week. It's interesting to see the local US Attorney's office cracking down on people charged with gun offenses at a time when Washington says the answer to everything is more guns.

But in this case, he was only charged with one of three alleged holdups, so presumably he still faces trial in a local court on the other two.