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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.

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