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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Manchester Man Sentenced To 46 Months For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm And Ammunition

          CONCORD - David Weekly, 24, of Manchester, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.  

          According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 2, 2019, a Manchester police officer stopped a vehicle for not having its lights turned on.  The officer approached the vehicle and recognized Weekly from previous contacts. 

          When Weekly opened the side window, the officer noted a strong smell of freshly burnt marijuana.  The officer also noted a bulge in Weekly’s waistband and asked Weekly to step out of the vehicle.  As soon as Weekly stepped out of the vehicle, he admitted that he had a gun in his waist.  The officer found a handgun and a loaded extended 31-round magazine in Weekly’s possession.  As a convicted felon, Weekly is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

          The firearm had been reported stolen on August 23, 2018 in Manchester.

          Weekly previously pleaded guilty on December 4, 2019.

          “In order protect the public, it is vital to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Even as we battle the coronavirus, the law enforcement community is working together to keep the public safe from armed criminals.  Thanks to the work of the Manchester Police Department and the ATF, this defendant will no longer present a danger to the community.” 

           “Today’s sentencing demonstrates the outstanding partnership between the Manchester Police Department and the ATF as well as the commitment we share to work together to interdict illegal firearms and the criminals that compromise the safety of our communities,” said Kelly D. Brady Special Agent in Charge, Boston Field Division.

          “The Manchester Police Department is pleased with the sentencing of David Weekly,” said Chief Carlo Capano.  “Weekly is an absolute danger to the public. City residents and the citizens of New Hampshire are much safer without him on the streets. I am very impressed with the work that Manchester Officers did, as well as our federal counterparts. The collaborative efforts helped make this successful resolution possible.” 

          This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Manchester Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M Walsh.

          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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Press Release Number: 
20-052
Updated March 26, 2020