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Montpelier Man Indicted for Being a Convicted Felon in Possession of Four Firearms

April 17, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Jason Johnson, 39, of Montpelier, was arraigned in United States District Court on an indictment charging that he was a convicted felon in possession of four firearms. United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered Johnson detained pending trial.

According to court records, on November 9, 2011, law enforcement recovered from Johnson's house a Ruger .22 caliber revolver, a .32 caliber Derringer with an obliterated serial number, a Savage shotgun with a barrel of less than 18 inches, and a Winchester shotgun. In addition to the charge, the indictment seeks forfeiture of the four firearms.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin emphasizes that the charge contained in the indictment is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Johnson faces imprisonment for a maximum term of ten years. Any actual sentence will be determined by the Court with reference to the statutory sentencing factors and the advisory sentencing guidelines.

United States Attorney Coffin commended the investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Montpelier Police Department. Bradley S. Stetler, Esq. of the law firm Stetler, Allen & Kampmann represents Johnson. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin J. Doyle.

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