Manchester man sentenced to 50 months in prison for illegally owning a gun
MANCHESTER — A previously convicted felon was sentenced to 50 months in prison for owning a gun illegally, US Attorney Farley announced Thursday.
Joseph Davis, 31 of Manchester, had gone to trial in March of this year for the illegal firearm possession and was found guilty of the crime which happened July 2, 2016.
According to the attorney's report, Hampton police noticed Davis swerving in his car down Ocean Boulevard. However, before the police could investigate, Davis stopped near the north bathhouse on the boulevard.
Police said they arrested Davis for a DUI, but prior to the arrest, Davis took a scarf from his neck and shoved it between the driver's seat and middle console.
Following the arrest, officers said they searched Davis's car and found a HiPoint Model C9 pistol where Davis had put the scarf. The pistol was fully loaded with the chamber filled and the safety off.
Since Davis had prior convictions for first-degree assault and intent to distribute marijuana, he was not allowed to own guns.
Acting US Attorney Farley said, "When criminals have guns in their possession, it threatens the safety of our citizens and our communities."