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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Manchester Man Sentenced to 180 Months in Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession

            CONCORD - Michael Roman Burghardt, 34, of Manchester, was sentenced to serve 180 months in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement agents began an investigation after receiving information from a reliable source that Burghardt was carrying a firearm. At the time, Burghardt was a previously convicted felon and could not legally possess any firearms.  On arresting Burghardt on an unrelated warrant, agents found him to be carrying a gun consistent with the information they had received.          

            Burghart, who previously pleaded guilty on December 8, 2017, will be on supervised release for three years after serving his sentence.

            “In order to keep our community safe, we must keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to reduce violence by aggressively enforcing federal law.  I commend the work of the law enforcement officers whose work led to this prosecution.”

            “Today’s sentencing is another example of the importance of law enforcement partnerships and their effectiveness in protecting the safety and security of communities,” said Special Agent in charge Mickey Leadingham of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  “ATF’s top priority is to combat violent crime and keep guns out of the hands of violent offenders and keep criminals off the streets.”

            This matter was investigated by the Manchester Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Dronzek.

            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. 


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Updated June 13, 2018