CONCORD - Paul Channell, 31, of Nashua, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 13, 2020, Channell was arrested for driving under the influence by the Hudson Police Department. As a result of the arrest, a tow truck was called and the police began an inventory of the vehicle pursuant to their inventory policy. The police located a Glock 26 handgun with an extended magazine and a round in the chamber. Channell was prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition because he was convicted of a felony in 2018. He was also on supervised release at the time of his arrest.
Channell previously pleaded guilty on August 13, 2021.
“To protect our community from violent crime, it is vital to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “A convicted felon in possession of a loaded handgun presents a clear danger to public safety. We will continue to seek substantial prison sentences for armed criminals so that they cannot endanger the hardworking and law-abiding citizens of the Granite State.”
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Hudson Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Walsh.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
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