Bellows Falls Resident Charged in Federal Court with Drug and Gun Offenses
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Rutland has returned an Indictment against Thomas Parrott, 32, of Bellows Falls. The Indictment alleges that in July 2011 Parrott, a convicted felon, unlawfully possessed a Glock 9mm pistol. In addition, the Indictment alleges that Parrott distributed cocaine during that same time frame.
In a hearing before Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy, Parrott pleaded not guilty to the charges. The United States moved to detain Parrott, in part, because of his failure to self surrender in October 2011 to begin serving a separate state sentence. Magistrate Judge Conroy granted the Government's motion and ordered that Parrott be held in custody without bail pending trial.
The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If Parrott is convicted he faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years imprisonment. However, the actual sentence, in the event of a conviction, will be determined pursuant to the advisory federal sentencing guidelines and the federal statutory sentencing factors
U.S. 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.
This case was investigated jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Vermont State Police with assistance from the Bellows Falls Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella represents the Government in this matter. Parrott is represented by Thomas Sherrer, Esq. of Burlington.