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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lowell Man Convicted Of Aiding And Abetting The Illegal Purchase Of Firearms

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Lawrence Madsen of Lowell, Massachusetts was convicted, after a jury trial in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire on six counts of aiding and abetting the illegal purchase of firearms at various southern New Hampshire federally licensed firearms dealers, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
 
            The trial evidence showed that Madsen, who could not legally buy firearms in Massachusetts, asked his New Hampshire friend, Brett Crawford, to purchase the firearms on his behalf in exchange for a payment of $100 for each gun purchased.  In October and November 2013, Crawford purchased eight hand guns on six occasions for Madsen.  On each occasion, Madsen was present and identified the guns which he wanted Crawford to buy.  When Crawford made the purchases using Madsen's money, Crawford lied on a federal form required for the sale of a firearm by stating that he was purchasing the firearms for himself when, in fact, he was buying them for Madsen.   The evidence further established that, following the illegal purchase of these firearms, Madsen sold them on the street in Lowell.

            The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and officers, Dan Futrell, Richard Donahue, Eric Kotchian and Michael Bergeron.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nick Abramson and Seth Aframe.
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