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Project Safe Neighborhood New Hampshire Man Sentenced On Charge Of Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

May 24, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. – Timothy Westgate, 29, of Allenstown, New Hampshire, was sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.

On March 11, 2010, a senior criminalist from the Boston Police Department successfully restored a serial number on a firearm used in a homicide in Boston, Massachusetts.  The serial number was connected to a firearm purchased on August 15, 2009, by Westgate’s girlfriend, who admitted during an interview that she purchased the firearm at Westgate’s direction.  Westgate further admitted that he instructed his girlfriend to purchase the firearm because as a convicted felon he himself could not legally purchase the firearm.  He also admitted that he and his girlfriend traded the firearm to a third person in exchange for money and heroin. The firearm was subsequently traded to another person who used it in the Boston homicide. 

This prosecution was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, 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 and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh.

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