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Manchester man sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for illegal firearm possession

June 14. 2018 12:38AM


CONCORD — A Manchester man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for illegally possessing a firearm.

Michael Roman Burghardt, 34, was charged by federal authorities after an investigation by the Manchester Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Dronzek.

According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement agents began an investigation after receiving information that Burghardt was carrying a firearm.

At the time, he was a previously convicted felon and could not legally possess any firearms.

After arresting Burghardt on an unrelated warrant, agents found him to be carrying a gun.

Burghardt, who pled guilty in December 2017, will be on supervised release for three years after serving his sentence.

“Today’s sentencing is another example of the importance of law enforcement partnerships and their effectiveness in protecting the safety and security of communities,” said special agent Mickey Leadingham of the ATF.

The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, a federally-funded program to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.

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