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Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Making a False Statement During the Acquisition of a Firearm in Plaistow

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

            CONCORD – William Heredia, 36, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court today to an indictment charging him with one count of making a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm, United States Attorney Jane E. Young announced.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 23, 2018, Mr. Heredia purchased a Smith & Wesson rifle from a federal firearms licensee in Plaistow, New Hampshire.  In completing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) Form 4473, Mr. Heredia stated that he was the actual transferee of the firearm.  In fact, Mr. Heredia, who previously worked as an employee of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, was buying the gun for an individual whom Mr. Heredia had met when the individual was in juvenile detention. The individual accompanied Mr. Heredia to the firearms store, and Mr. Heredia transferred the Smith & Wesson rifle to the individual that same day. 

            Heredia is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20, 2023.  

            This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anna Krasinski and Aaron Gingrande.


Updated March 7, 2023

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 23-031