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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 4, 2015

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty To Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

          CONCORD, N.H. –Richard Lariviere, 45, of Nashua, plead guilty today in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to a felon in possession of a firearm charge, announced Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith.

          On May 20, 2014, members of the Nashua Police Department obtained a search warrant for a Mercedes operated by Lariviere.  The officers stopped the Mercedes in the parking lot of the Country Barn Motel as Lariviere was driving out of the parking lot.  The detectives executed the search warrant and located a loaded, 7.65mm Walther semiautomatic handgun with serial number 20384 within a black bag on the vehicle's front passenger seat.  The police subsequently applied for and received permission to execute a search warrant for Lariviere’s hotel room where the police found one box of .22 caliber ammunition in addition to Lariviere's license and a check stub for Lariviere. Lariviere was arrested and agreed to waive his Miranda rights and speak with the detectives.  Lariviere admitted that he knew that he could not possess a firearm because he was a convicted felon. On August 11, 2009, Lariviere was convicted of Felonious Assault on a Peace Officer in the State of Ohio, County of Belmont, Court of Common Pleas, Docket Number 09-CR-119, a crime punishable by more than one (1) year imprisonment.

          “Enforcement of the federal firearms laws is a priority for this office,” Acting U.S. Attorney Feith stated.  “This office will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure that the possession of firearms is limited to those legally entitled to own and possess these weapons.  Individuals who are legally prohibited from possessing or dealing in firearms, and those who aid or abet illegal possession by others, should expect that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

          Lariviere is facing a maximum of ten years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 17, 2015.  He was detained pending sentencing.          

          The case was investigated by the Nashua Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh.

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Updated May 4, 2015