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Apr 22, 2016 1:26 PM

Convicted felon pleads guilty to possessing multiple firearms in Somersworth

SOMERSWORTH — A convicted felon pleaded guilty in federal court Friday after police got reports that he was holding multiple firearms at his home in Somersworth last year.

Felon Joseph Ruhland, 42 of Somersworth was charged with illegal possession of four firearms in June 2015. As a result of a prior felony conviction, Ruhland is prohibited form possessing firearms.

Once granted a search warrant, police found one loaded 9-millimeter pistol, a loaded .22 caliber revolver, a .22 caliber Derringer pistol, a .45 caliber pistol and 45 rounds of assorted additional ammunition. An indictment was then returned by a grand jury on Oct. 7, 2015.

Ruhland’s plea agreement includes a sentence of 30 months in jail.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 1, when the court will decide whether to accept the plea agreement.

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