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Press Release

Winooski Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense

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

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on August 29, 2022, Tyler Branon, 33, of Winooski, Vermont, was sentenced in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont to serve 45 months in prison after his guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.  U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Branon to serve a three year term of supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment.  

According to court records and proceedings, in January 2021, Branon was asked to drive a man from Colchester, Vermont, to St. Albans, Vermont, so the man could consummate a drug deal.  Specifically, the man was to buy approximately one-quarter ounce of cocaine base (crack cocaine) and was to sell Percocet pills in exchange for a firearm.  Branon agreed and drove the man to St. Albans, where the drug transaction took place.  Upon their return to Colchester, the man gave Branon crack cocaine as compensation and gave the firearm to Branon to hold.

U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the efforts of the Winooski, Vermont Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives in the investigation and prosecution of Branon.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara A. Masterson handled the prosecution of Branon.  Michael Shklar, Esq., represented Branon.  

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.  For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit

Updated August 29, 2022

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