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Montpelier Man Sentenced to Nine Months for Gun Crime

May 31, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that on May 31, 2012, Tyson Lissor, 27, of Montpelier, Vermont, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison after he 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, also ordered Lissor to serve a two-year period of supervised release following his prison sentence.

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. Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are advisory, the Lissor's recommended term of imprisonment was 10 to 16 months. In sentencing Lissor to a term below that range, Judge Reiss considered, among other factors, Lissor's relatively minor criminal history.

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 case. 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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