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CAPE COD MAN PLEADED GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT TO FIREARMS CHARGES

CAPE COD MAN PLEADED GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT TO FIREARMS CHARGES
 BOSTON, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Budd announced that Ronald W. Bissett Jr., 35, of 496 Newtown Road, Marston Mills, pleaded guilty at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert E. Keeton to three charges of unlawful possession of firearms and one charge of making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm.
 At the hearing, a federal prosecutor stated that had the case gone to trial, the government would have shown that Bissett possessed three different firearms on three different occasions after having been previously convicted of a felony. Federal law prohibits possession of firearms by anyone previously convicted of a felony.
 It was stated that the evidence also would have shown that Bissett made a false certification concerning the absense of any prior conviction when he purchased one of the firearms from a federally licensed dealer. Judge Keeton scheduled sentencing of Bissett for June 5. At that time, Bissett faces a sentence enhancement based on his prior criminal record that could result in the imposition of a mandatory 15 year sentence, as well as a a fine of $250,000, on each of the three unlawful possession charges, and 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the false statement charge. The case was investigated by Special Agents of the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm, with the cooperation of the Barnstable Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Feeley of the Major Crimes Division in Budd's office.
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 /CONTACT: Press Officer at the U.S. Attorney's Office, 617-223-9445/


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