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Montpelier Man Convicted for Gun Crime

February 15, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that on February 13, 2012, Tyson Lissor, 38, of Montpelier, Vermont, plead guilty in United States District Court to an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss, sitting in Rutland, ordered Lissor to be incarcerated until his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for May 31, 2012.

According to court records, on September 21, 2011, an officer from the Montpelier Police Department approached Lissor in downtown Montpelier in order to serve him with a restraining order. The officer discovered that Lissor had a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the waistband of his pants. An examination of the weapon revealed that a significant portion of the handgun's serial number had been removed.

Possession of a firearm with a removed, obliterated, or altered serial number is a federal felony which carries a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Montpelier Police Department, and the Barre Police Department who coordinated their efforts in this investigation. The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. The defendant is represented by attorney Douglas Kallen.

United States Attorney Coffin noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhood, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America. Led by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Project Safe Neighborhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who violate federal gun laws. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhood and Project Safe Vermont, please visit:

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