Manchester Resident Sentenced To 50 Months In Prison For Possession Of A Firearm
CONCORD, N.H. – Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today that Joseph Davis, 31, of Manchester, New Hampshire, has been sentenced to serve 50 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm.
At a trial in March of 2017, evidence showed that shortly after midnight on July 2, 2016, police officers in Hampton, New Hampshire saw Davis driving a car in an erratic manner on Ocean Boulevard. Before the police could intervene, Davis abruptly stopped the car in front of the north bathhouse on Ocean Boulevard. While detained by the police, Davis removed a large scarf from around his neck and placed it over the area between the driver’s seat and the center console.
After arresting Davis for driving under the influence, a police officer searched the car and found a HiPoint Model C9, 9mm, pistol tucked between the driver’s seat and the center console. The firearm was fully loaded. One bullet was in the chamber. The safety was in the off position.
Davis was prohibited from possessing firearms because he was a convicted felon. He previously was convicted of first-degree assault and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
“Protecting public safety from violent criminals is a high priority of the United States Attorney’s Office,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “When criminals have guns in their possession, it threatens the safety of our citizens and our communities. I want to thank our law enforcement partners for their efforts in this case.”
The case was investigated by the Hampton Police Department, the Manchester Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Kinsella prosecuted the case.