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Kory Lee George Sentenced to Over Seven Years in Prison for Federal Firearms Offense

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

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Kory Lee George, 33, of Bristol, Vermont, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss after his conviction for possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony.  Judge Reiss imposed a sentence of 89 months of imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. 

According to court records and proceedings, George possessed a stolen shotgun at his home in Monkton, Vermont, on or about August 2, 2019. The shotgun was stolen from a camp in upstate New York around April of 2019, along with several other firearms.  George had previously been convicted of felony offenses, and was prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearms.

The United States was represented in this matter by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Spencer Willig and Paul Van de Graaf.  Federal Public Defender Michael L. Desautels represented the defendant.

Acting U.S. Attorney Ophardt commended the investigatory efforts of the Vermont State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and thanked the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office for its efforts in coordinating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in this matter.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, 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.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated November 3, 2021

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