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Former probation officer convicted of gun trafficking

March 13, 2019

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts probation officer has been found guilty by a jury of gun trafficking.

The MetroWest Daily News reports that 65-year-old Paul Collins, of Revere, was convicted Tuesday after about five hours of deliberations.

Prosecutors say Collins gave a gun to a woman who was frequently on probation. Authorities say the gun was later given to another person in exchange for drugs.

Collins served as a Framingham District Court associate probation officer.

His defense attorney had argued he was trying to help the woman, and he didn’t do anything improper.

Collins is scheduled for sentencing next Wednesday.

He was acquitted of two lesser charges.