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August 15, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that today Steven McAuley, 32, of Rutland, was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment on his guilty plea to a charge of possessing a firearm after felony conviction. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered McAuley to serve three years supervised release after his incarceration ends.

According to court documents, on March 22, 2012, Rutland City police officers responded to an apartment on Clover Street for a domestic disturbance. A female occupant of the apartment informed officers that McAuley had assaulted her. She also told officers that McAuley kept a firearm under a bed. Officers searched the apartment, finding a loaded .22-caliber pistol. McAuley was arrested by police and charged by the Rutland County State’s Attorney with domestic assault. On June 1, 2012, McAuley pled guilty in state court to misdemeanor domestic assault. On September 19, 2012, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging McAuley with possession of the firearm after conviction for felony escape in 2006 and felony retail theft in 2004. McAuley has been detained since his federal arrest.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Rutland City Police Department. Assistant Federal Defender Steven Barth represented McAuley. 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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