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Concord, N.H. - Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that Christian Cherry, 33, previously of Manchester, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of firearm.
According to court documents and statements made in court, members of Manchester Police Department responded to a 911 call on August 13, 2016, regarding a reported domestic dispute. Upon arrival, they encountered Cherry in his vehicle in the parking lot of the residence, and his then-girlfriend inside the apartment. Once in the apartment, officers observed visible signs of a struggle, and witnesses reported the presence of a firearm. Officers ultimately obtained a search warrant for the residence and recovered two Smith & Wesson handguns in a bedroom belonging to the defendant. One of the firearms had been reported stolen to Manchester Police in June 2016. Cherry was prohibited from possessing any firearm as a result of at least one prior felony conviction.
Cherry was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 19, 2016. He has been in custody since his arrest on November 17, 2016.
Cherry is scheduled to be sentenced on August 23, 2017.
This matter was jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Manchester Police Department. 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. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles L. Rombeau.