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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

            CONCORD – William Bailey, 56, of Rochester, pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced.

            According to court documents and statements made in court, in November of 2016 Bailey pawned a Ruger .22 caliber rifle at a federally licensed firearms dealer in Rochester, New Hampshire.  Bailey previously had been convicted of attempted armed robbery in Georgia in 2011.  As a convicted felon, Bailey is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm.   

            Bailey is scheduled to be sentenced on May 14, 2019.

            “In order to maintain public safety, it is essential that we keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Disarming convicted felons advances this effort. Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute violent criminals who possess firearms.”

                This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rochester Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen White Fitzgibbon.

            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. 


Updated February 5, 2019

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 19-009