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Orange, Vermont Man Sentenced for Making False Statements to Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer

July 30, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Joshua Bailey of Orange, Vermont was sentenced today for providing false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer in the course of acquiring four handguns. Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced Bailey to time served and two years of supervised release.

According to court records, Bailey agreed to purchase four .40 caliber Iberia pistols for Jeffrey Morse on August 31, 2011 because Morse did not have valid identification. Morse provided Bailey with approximately $900 to make the purchase. As part of the firearms purchase process, Bailey certified on the required federal form that he was the actual purchaser of the firearms. It is a federal felony to knowingly make a false statement that is intended to deceive a federal firearms dealer in connection with the acquisition of a firearm. After completing the transaction at R&L Archery in Barre, Vermont, Bailey provided the firearms to Morse, who gave them to an unidentified individual. According to court records, the unidentified individual intended to sell the handguns. The four guns have not been recovered.

Co-defendant Jeffrey Morse has pleaded guilty for his role in this offense and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 24, 2012.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the assistance of the Berlin Police Department. This matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Doyle. Jason J. Sawyer, Esq. represented Bailey.

United States Attorney Tristram J. 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

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