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Date: 03-31-2023

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United States of America v. William Mejia

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00070

Judge: Samantha D. Elliott

Court: United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire (Merrimack County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Concord

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Description: Concord, New Hampshire criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to steal firearms from federal firearms licensee.

Between August 29, 2021, and October 4, 2021, William Mejia, age 19, of Lswrence, conspired with others to steal firearms from three New Hampshire Federal Firearms Licensees. During the course of the conspiracy, more than 40 firearms were stolen from Milford Firearms in Milford, Second Amendment Arms in Windham, and MacPhearson Firearms in Brentwood. Mejia’s fingerprints were found on one of the stolen firearms that was later recovered from a co-conspirator’s residence. Evidence recovered from a co-conspirator’s phone included pictures of Mejia holding stolen firearms as well admissions of his involvement in the conspiracy.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Andover Police Department, the Brentwood Police Department, the Haverhill Police Department, the Lawrence Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, the Salem (NH) Police Department, the Somersworth Police Department, the Saugus Police Department, the Wellesley Police Department, and the Windham Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anna Z. Krasinski, John J. Kennedy and Geoffrey W.R.Ward.

18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 922(u)- Conspiracy to Steal Firearms from Federal Firearm Licensee

Outcome: 03/29/2023 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Samantha D. Elliott: CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING held on 3/29/2023 as to William Mejia (2) Guilty Count 1. Defendant sworn and advised of rights/charge(s). No objection to offer of proof. Court accepts guilty plea. Bail continued as previously set. (Court Reporter: Liza Dubois) (Govt Atty: Geoff Ward) (Defts Atty: Theodore Lothstein)(Total Hearing Time: 30 minutes)(CJA Time: 35 minutes) (js) (Entered: 03/29/2023)
03/29/2023 NOTICE OF HEARING as to William Mejia. Sentencing set for 7/7/2023 10:00 AM before Judge Samantha D. Elliott. The court has allotted 1 hour for the hearing. Please contact the court immediately if you anticipate the hearing will exceed the allotted time. Any motion seeking a departure or variance, as well as any sentencing memorandum, shall be filed 10 days prior to the sentencing date. Any response shall be filed 4 days prior to sentencing date. Defense counsel should advise the defendant that any monetary portion of the sentence will be payable only by cash, bank check, money order or debit or credit card via (after obtaining a transaction ID from the probation officer.) No card payments can be made at the counter.(js) (Entered: 03/29/2023)

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