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Department of Justice
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District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 10, 2021

Newport Man Sentenced to 70 Months for Unlawful Possession of Firearms

            CONCORD - Jacob Valley, 26, of Newport, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of firearms, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, on November 15, 2019, law enforcement officers searched Valley's home pursuant to a federal search warrant.  During the search, they found firearms and ammunition. As a person with felony convictions, Valley is legally prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.        

           Valley previously pleaded guilty on March 23, 2021.

            “In order to protect our citizens from violent crime, it is important to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “By working with our law enforcement partners to enforce federal gun laws, we are preventing criminals from using guns to commit acts of violence and helping to keep the Granite State safe.”

            This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, with assistance from the New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force; the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office; the Manchester Police Department, Claremont Police Department, Charlestown, Police Department; and the New Hampshire State Police.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Dronzek.

            This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
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Press Release Number: 
21-171
Updated September 10, 2021