Jul 17, 2015 4:27 PM
Hooksett man pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm
CONCORD – A Hooksett man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm after trading weapons online.
Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith said Nicholas Rogers, 25, had pleaded guilty to an earlier felony charge of unlicensed firearms dealing and was awaiting sentencing when he used an online classified website to trade and purchase new guns.
From March 19 through April 11, Feith said Rogers traded or purchased five firearms from four different individuals through the online website.
In addition, on April 17, federal officials executed a search warrant at Roger’s residence and recovered a Norinco, SKS Model, 7.62 caliber rifle.
“This case serves as an example of how the private trading of firearms can thwart the systems put in place to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. We will continue to aggressively prosecute those who illegally possess firearms,” Feith said in a statement.
Rogers faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 11 and has been detained pending sentencing. The case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.