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Alburgh, Vermont Man Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

August 6, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Daniel Corliss of Alburgh, Vermont was sentenced today for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Chief Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Corliss to fifteen months' imprisonment to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. The Court also ordered the forfeiture of the firearm involved in the offense.

According to court records, on January 25, 2011, Corliss called the Vermont State Police to report that unidentified individuals had driven by his house that morning and fired several gunshots at him. On-site investigation revealed that six shotgun shells had been fired at the house and the surrounding ground. Corliss ultimately admitted to the State Police that he himself had fired the shotgun at his own house, and that he misled the State Police when he reported that other individuals had threatened him with firearms. Troopers located six spent 20-gauge shotgun shells in Corliss's kitchen trash can and additional 20-gauge shells inside the home. Corliss subsequently informed federal agents that he had used illegal substances on the day of the shooting incident. No one was injured as a result of Corliss's discharging the shotgun.

It is a violation of federal law for a convicted felon to be in possession of a firearm. Corliss has a 2003 conviction for burglary and a 2009 conviction for prescription fraud. As part of his plea in this case, Corliss agreed to the forfeiture of the firearm used in this offense, a Winchester Ranger youth model 20-gauge shotgun.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Vermont State Police. This matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Doyle. David L. McColgin of the Federal Public Defender's Office represented Corliss.

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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