Barre Man Convicted for Gun Crime
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that on February 13, 2012, James Beatrice, 45, of Barre, Vermont, plead guilty in United States District Court to an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss, sitting in Rutland, ordered Beatrice to be incarcerated until his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for June 7, 2012 in Rutland.
According to court records, Beatrice possessed a handgun in February of 2011. Prior to that time, he had sustained felony convictions for burglary and operating a vehicle without the owner's consent. As a convicted felon, Beatrice was prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm.
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon a carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Montpelier Police Department, the Barre Police Department, and the Vermont State Police, who coordinated their efforts in this investigation. The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. The defendant is represented by attorney David Williams from the Burlington law firm, Jarvis, McArthur & Williams.
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: www.psn.gov.