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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Vermont

For Immediate Release

Feburary 14, 2013

United States Attorney

Contact: Public Information Officer
(802) 951-6725

Enosburg Falls Man Sentenced to 18 Months Imprisonment for Unlawful Possession of Firearm

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Ean Fisher–Morrison, 23, of Enosburg Falls, was sentenced by Judge Garvan J. Murtha, of the United States District Court in Brattleboro, to eighteen months in prison for his conviction for felon–in–possession of a firearm. Judge Murtha also sentenced Fisher–Morrison to two years of supervised release.

According to court records, in the spring of 2011, Fisher–Morrison was on furlough for his prior state felony convictions for possessing stolen property and accessory after the fact related to the theft of snowmobiles, ATVs, and tires in St. Albans. While Fisher–Morrison was on furlough he purchased an AR–15 rifle, two lower receivers, several large capacity magazines, and ammunition from a St. Albans man in exchange for putting in 170 hours of future work on the man's sugarbush. Fisher–Morrison, however, only worked a couple of hours after taking possession of the firearms and ammunition.

On May 26, 2011, a Vermont probation officer searched Fisher–Morrison’s residence and found the rifle hidden in the engine compartment of an old truck behind his residence. The State of Vermont revoked Fisher–Morrison’s furlough and he was incarcerated at that time. The United States subsequently charged Fisher–Morrison with felon–in–possession of a firearm to which Fisher–Morrison pled guilty. Judge Murtha held that the 18–month sentence would be concurrent to any additional state sentence Fisher–Morrison is required to serve for his furlough violation.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella and the defendant is represented by Steven Barth, Esq. of the Federal Public Defenders Office.