Apr 27, 2016 10:45 AM
Convicted felon pleads guilty for getting gun illegally in NH
CONCORD — A Massachusetts man and convicted felon pleaded guilty Wednesday after police said he used another individual to purchase a firearm for him in New Hampshire.
John Wachaga, 22 of Lowell, Mass. pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the making of a material false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm, and one count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
On May 4, 2014, Lowell, Mass., police stopped a car being driven by Wachuga, and during the traffic stop seized a handgun that was under Wachuga's seat. After an investigation, police learned that Wachaga had used another individual to purchase the firearm for him in New Hampshire, because his is a prior convicted felon and may not do so on his own.
If convicted, Wachuga could face a maximum penalty of 10 years behind bars, and he is scheduled to be sentenced in August.