MANCHESTER MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGE OF MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT DURING THE ACQUISITION OF A FIREARM
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE: United States Attorney John P. Kacavas reports that, Wilfredo Pagan, of Manchester, New Hampshire, plead guilty today to one count of making a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm. Pagan faces a maximum sentence of 10 years. He is being detained pending sentencing.
On July 22, 2009, Pagan attempted to purchase a firearm from the Manchester Firing Line. When Pagan completed the required paperwork, he falsely denied that he was a convicted felon. A subsequent investigation revealed that Pagan had previously been convicted in Puerto Rico of Attempt to Commit Murder, a crime punishable by more than one year.
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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives conducted the investigation of this case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh.