Concord Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition
CONCORD - David Weekly, 23, of Concord, pleaded guilty in federal court to unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 2, 2019, a Manchester police officer stopped a vehicle for not having its lights turned on. The officer approached the vehicle and recognized Weekly from previous contacts.
When Weekly opened the side window, the officer noted a strong smell of freshly burnt marijuana. The officer also noted a bulge in Weekly’s waistband and asked Weekly to step out of the vehicle. As soon as Weekly stepped out of the vehicle, Weekly admitted that he had a gun in his waist. The officer found a handgun and a loaded extended 31-round magazine in Weekly’s possession. Weekly is a felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
The firearm had been reported stolen on August 23, 2018 in Manchester.
Weekly is scheduled to be sentenced on March 26, 2020.
“In order to reduce violent crime, it is vital to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “To this end, federal law prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms. In conjunction with our law enforcement partners, we will vigorously enforce this law by identifying and prosecuting criminals who use or possess firearms.”
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Manchester Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M Walsh.
The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.