Burlington Felon Gets Prison in Gun Case
BURLINGTON -- A Burlington felon who made threats to attack the Burlington Police Department and was later found in possession of an AR-15 type rifle and ammunition was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison Monday.
In February, police received information that 32-year-old Brendan Sheils was in possession of an “Uzi bump stock weapon and desired to attack the Burlington Police Department,” according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
On Feb. 23, police executed a search warrant of Sheils’ home, where they found 30 pieces of ammunition and the rifle, the release states. The weapon was determined to be a “ghost gun,” which is made by purchasing component parts and assembling the pieces together, according to the press release.
The rifle was loaded with 28 pieces of the seized ammunition, the release states.
In December, Sheils pleaded guilty to a felon in possession of ammunition during his appearance in Federal Court in Boston. In addition to the prison sentence, Federal Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin gave Sheils three years of supervised release.
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