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Derry Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Molotov Cocktail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

CONCORD – A Derry man pleaded guilty today in federal court to unlawfully possessing a destructive device known as a “Molotov cocktail,” U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

Zachary Tringali, 28, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with receipt and possession of an unregistered destructive device. U.S. District Court Judge Steven McAuliffe scheduled sentencing for August 22, 2023. Tringali was charged on April 11, 2022.

On August 6, 2021, Derry Police Department officers were investigating a reported burglary from Tringali’s commercial storage unit. The officers uncovered 12 assembled Molotov cocktails in the storage unit. A Molotov cocktail is an incendiary weapon consisting of a flammable liquid with a wick in a breakable container. Tringali admitted to knowingly possessing these weapons and failing to register them in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by federal law.

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a fine of $10,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division, led the investigation. Valuable assistance was provided by the Derry Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarad E. Hodes is prosecuting the case.  


Updated May 9, 2023

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 2023-072