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Felon Sentenced For Gun Possession In City Of Rutland

May 24, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on May 22, 2013, William Hendrickson, 34, of Rutland, was sentenced to 77 months imprisonment on his guilty plea to possession of a firearm after felony conviction. United States District Judge J. Garvan Murtha also ordered Hendrickson to serve three years supervised release after his incarceration ends.

According to court records, on April 1, 2012, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Rutland City Police Department (RPD) developed evidence that Hendrickson, a felon, possessed and carried firearms. The agencies conducted surveillance of Hendrickson, leading to a traffic stop during the early morning hours on April 2, 2012. A search of the vehicle revealed a fully loaded Gabilondo .38-caliber revolver in the glove compartment. A short period later, agents and officers seized a fully loaded Taurus .22-caliber revolver from defendant’s motel room. Prior to the firearm possession, Hendrickson was convicted in Vermont courts of three felonies: possession of cocaine (2002); violation of an abuse prevention order, second or subsequent offense (2007); and first degree aggravated domestic assault with weapon (2011).

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended ATF and RPD for their joint investigation, along with the United States Marshals Service for its assistance to investigators. U.S. Attorney Coffin remarked further, “Working with federal, state and local law enforcement in Rutland and throughout the state, this office will continue to investigate and prosecute dangerous felons for their unlawful possession of firearms.” Federal Defender Michael Desautels represented Hendrickson. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan.

U.S. Attorney Coffin noted also 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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