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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of New Hampshire

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2013

John P. Kacavas, United States Attorney

Contact: Theresa A. Leppard
(603) 230-2502

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Stolen Firearms

CONCORD, N.H. –Timothy LaFond, 35, formerly of 3 Pleasant Street in Rochester, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to possessing stolen firearms, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.

During the plea hearing, Lafond admitted that on February 25, 2012, he met with an undercover law enforcement officer in Rochester, New Hampshire and sold him two stolen firearms: (1) a Stag Arms, Model STAG-15,5.56 caliber rifle and (2) a Bushmaster, Model XM15-E2S, .223 caliber rifle for $1,300. Both of these weapons had been reported stolen from Seacoast Gun and Pawn in Rochester on February 23, 2013. LaFond faces up to ten (10) years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 21, 2014.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Rochester, New Hampshire Police Department, and the New Hampshire Drug Task Force, with assistance from the York County, Maine Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Farley.