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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

United States Courthouse and Federal Building
Post Office Box 570
Burlington, Vermont 05402

(802) 951-6725

Fax: (802) 951-6540

For Immediate Release

May 28, 2010

Tristram J. Coffin, United States Attorney

Colchester Man Sentenced to 30 Months Imprisonment on Federal Gun and Drug Charges

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Richard Memoli, 53, of Colchester, Vermont, has been sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for possessing a stolen handgun and distribution of crack cocaine. Memoli pled guilty to these charges and also agreed to forfeit a 2008 Lincoln Navigator, which was used in the distribution of crack cocaine. The Lincoln Navigator was sold by the United States Marshal’s Services for $26,000.

According to court records, in February 2008, Memoli purchased a Taurus .38 caliber revolver that had recently been stolen from Bob’s Gun Ship in Georgia, Vermont. At the time he purchased it, Memoli knew the firearm was stolen. In addition, records indicate that on February 21, 2008, Memoli sold approximately 2.6 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant in the parking lot of the Bayside Deli and Market in Colchester.

On August 8, 2009, Memoli was previously found guilty in Vermont District Court in Burlington of sexual assault. He was thereafter sentenced to 10 to 12 years imprisonment on this sexual assault charge. The 30-month federal sentence of imprisonment on the federal gun and drug convictions will run concurrent with the state sentence.

This case was jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Essex Police Department, the Burlington Police Department, and the South Burlington Police Department. The United States is represented in this matter by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella. The defendant is represented by Matt Harnett in Rutland.