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Raymond King, Burlington Man, Sentenced to Ten Years in Jail for Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime

April 8, 2013

Tristram J. Coffin, United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Raymond King, 54, of Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge, William K. Sessions, III, to 120 months in prison for possessing a firearm, a Colt, model 1908, .25 caliber pistol, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, namely, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. The District Court determined that King was a Career Offender within the meaning of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. King was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release after the completion of his prison term.

According to Court records, on November 17, 2011, Raymond King possessed a Colt pistol and fired it through a bedroom door in the apartment of Neal Moser, a codefendant in King’s case. The bullet hit a man named Kuwan Reynolds in the hand. The discharge of the pistol occurred during an altercation between King and Reynolds. The altercation took place in the apartment of Neal Moser at 252 North Street in Burlington, Vermont. Neal Moser was previously sentenced in this case, also by Judge Sessions, to 42 months of imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

King was indicted by a federal grand jury in January of 2012 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In November of 2012, the grand jury issued a superseding indictment charging King with a second count for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug conspiracy. King plead guilty to the latter charge on December 3, 2012. He has been detained in prison during the pendency of this case.

This case was investigated by the Burlington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (“ATF”). The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends those agencies for their work. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Nancy J. Creswell. King was defended by Michael Desautels of the Office of the United States Federal Defender.

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