Project Safe Neighborhood: New Hampshire Man Sentenced On Charges Of Possession Of A Firearm By A Convicted Felon And Possession Of An Unregistered NFA Firearm
CONCORD, N.H. – Timothy Pieper, 39, of Dover, New Hampshire, was sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of a possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of an unregistered NFA Firearm, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
On January 20, 2010, members of ATF and the Dover Police Department executed a search warrant at Pieper’s residence. During the execution of the search warrant, the police seized a Mossberg, Model B46B, .22 caliber rifle with no serial number; a Mossberg, Model 500A, .12 gauge pump action shotgun, serial number T474255; and a Stevens/Savage, Model 58C, .410 gauge shotgun, serial number A512115. Pieper agreed to speak with the agents and admitted that the Mossberg, Model 500A, .12 gauge pump action shotgun, serial number T474255, was his firearm. The defendant claimed that the Mossberg, Model B46B, .22 caliber rifle and the Stevens/Savage, Model 58C .410 gauge shotgun were the property of his girlfriend’s grandfather who had passed away. ATF examined the barrel of the Stevens/Savage, Model 58C .410 gauge shotgun and determined that it was a short-barreled shotgun. The barrel was 8 7/8 inches long and the overall length was 19 inches. The barrel should be 18 inches long and the overall length should be 26 inches long. According to the National Registration and Transfer Record, the Stevens/Savage, Model 58C .410 gauge shotgun was not registered to the grandfather, Pieper’s girlfriend or Pieper.
On March 6, 2003, Pieper was previously convicted of two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm in Strafford County Superior Court.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a federal program to reduce gun violence in New Hampshire by aggressive investigation and prosecution of firearm offenders, education of the public, and training of law enforcement officers about federal firearm laws.The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh.