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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Delaware

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
David C. Weiss
, United States Attorney
Contact: Public Affairs Officer

Wilmington Man Who Illegally Possessed Firearm Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Victor Adams, 45, was sentenced today to 46 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Colm F. Connolly on the charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, Mr. Adams was not legally permitted to possess a firearm because of his prior felony convictions.  On November 28, 2020, a Wilmington Police Department (“WPD”) officer arrested Mr. Adams on an outstanding warrant charging Mr. Adams with aggravated menacing.  While placing Mr. Adams under arrest, the WPD officer discovered a loaded handgun concealed in a shopping bag Mr. Adams was carrying.  Mr. Adams admitted to possessing the handgun at various points during the months prior to his arrest, and further admitted to using a firearm in the aggravated menacing incident. 

U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “Our community is fighting the scourge of gun crime, and illegally possessed weapons are a key part of the problem.  My Office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to get guns off our streets and out of the hands of individuals who are not legally permitted to possess them.  My thanks to the ATF and WPD for their diligence in investigating this case.”

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from WPD, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Briana Knox. 

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.  Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER.

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