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Manchester Man Sentenced to 20 Months for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

            CONCORD - Joshua Hooper, 36, of Manchester, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement officers obtained information that Hooper was selling firearms. At the time, Hooper was prohibited from possessing any firearms or ammunition as a result of at least one prior felony conviction. On July 15, 2017, Hooper possessed a Noveski Rifleworks, Model N4, lower receiver, and sold that firearm to another individual. On March 23, 2018, law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for Hooper’s residence. While executing the search warrant, officers recovered a large quantity of ammunition and other firearm accessories.            

            Hooper previously pleaded guilty on May 2, 2019.

           “Convicted felons who violate federal law by possessing firearms should expect to spend time in prison,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Working through Project Safe Neighborhoods, we coordinate with ATF and our other law enforcement partners to reduce crime by keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.”

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

            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.         



Updated August 5, 2019

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Press Release Number: 19-137