Felon Sentenced to 25 Months for Gun Possession
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on June 11, 2012, Trevis Freeman, 36, of Rutland, was sentenced to 25 months imprisonment for possession of a firearm after conviction for an offense punishable by more than one year. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Freeman to serve two years of supervised release after his imprisonment ends. Freeman has been detained since his June 27, 2011 arrest.
According to court records, on June 21, 2011, Freeman pointed a .22 caliber rifle at two persons. Less than a week later, the Vermont State Police (VSP), Vermont Drug Task Force (VDTF), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant at a residence regularly used by Freeman. Officers seized the rifle, which was loaded, and ammunition for that and other firearms. Freeman had been previously convicted of second degree aggravated domestic assault, a felony punishable by more than one year, in Vermont District Court in Rutland County on December 23, 2003. Freeman was originally charged by the Rutland County State's Attorney with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. The state charges were dismissed after a federal grand jury returned the indictment against Freeman on November 2, 2011.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the investigation by the VSP, VDTF and ATF, and thanked Rutland County State's Attorney Marc Brierre for his assistance. Assistant Federal Defender David McColgin represented Freeman. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan of the United States Attorney's Rutland Branch Office.
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 ATF, 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.