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Nashua man sentenced to federal prison on gun conviction

September 30. 2015 11:49AM

CONCORD — A Nashua man who prosecutors said sold guns in exchange for drugs in Lawrence, Mass., was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Richard Lariviere, 45, was arrested May 20, 2014, after Nashua police obtained a warrant to search his Mercedes and stopped the car as it was leaving the parking lot at Country Barn Motel.

Detectives found a loaded 7.65mm Walther semi-automatic handgun in a black bag on the front passenger seat of the car. Police subsequently obtained a search om for Lariviere's hotel room, where they found a box of .22 caliber ammunition, his license and a check stub for him.

At his sentencing, prosecutors introduced evidence that Lariviere had sold four firearms in exchange for drugs in Lawrence.

He was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition because of a previous felony conviction for assault on a police officer in Ohio.

Lariviere will be on release supervised by the U.S. Probation Office after he completes his sentence.

The case was investigated by Nashua police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh.

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