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Felon Sentenced For Sale Of Assault Rifle In Rutland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that yesterday, Luis Shannon, 37, of Rutland, was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment on his guilty plea to possession of a firearm after felony conviction. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Shannon to serve three years supervised release after his incarceration ends.

According to court records, on September 16, 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) used a confidential informant to purchase a D.P.M.S. Panther Arms A-15 from Shannon for $1,100 at a Rutland motel. Shannon also provided a magazine containing 27 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition for use with the assault rifle. Prior to the sale, Shannon was convicted in Vermont courts of six felonies: grand larceny (1995); three counts of cocaine sale (2002); possession of cocaine (2007); and furlough escape (2008).

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended ATF for its investigation, along with the United States Marshal’s Service for its assistance to investigators. Federal Defender Michael Desautels represented Shannon. 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: www.psn.gov.

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