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United States of America v. Gavin Wilcox
Case Number: 2:22-cr-00043
Judge: William K. Sessions, III
Court: United States District Court for the District of Vermont (Chittenden County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
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Description: Burlington, Vermond criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
On March 31, 2022, while investigating an unrelated report of violent crime, Bennington Police observed Gavin Wilcox, age 31, of Burlington, Vermont, engage in a suspected drug transaction in the Dollar General parking lot. Officers knew Wilcox to have an active arrest warrant for violations of his furlough, and therefore approached Wilcox to detain him. When Wilcox was handcuffed, he dropped 11 white bags wrapped in a rubber band, which contained fentanyl. Wilcox’s backpack was seized and a subsequent search of the backpack revealed a stolen Smith & Wesson .357 magnum Pro Series revolver and drug paraphernalia. Before his March 31, 2022 arrest, Wilcox had sustained felony convictions for DUI-3 (2013) and heroin possession (2020). These felony convictions prohibited Wilcox from possession of a firearm under federal law.
United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the investigatory efforts of Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Bennington Police Department.
The prosecutor was Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Ophardt,
18:922(g)(1).F UNLAWFUL TRANSPORT OF FIREARMS, ETC. - convicted felon knowingly in possession of a firearm
Outcome: Imprisonment for a term of 30 months followed by 2 years of S/R with special conditions; fines waived; $100 S/A imposed