CONCORD — A former Unity man and convicted felon was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison for getting someone else to buy a handgun for him in 2014.

As a convicted felon, Lucas MacLean, 27, was banned from possessing firearms.

According to court statements, MacLean got Jacob Perra, 28, of Goshen to buy the gun for him on April 30, 2014 from a New Hampshire firearms dealer.

MacLean pleaded guilty last July.

Perra had already been convicted for his role in the crime.

“Federal firearms laws are designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray.

“In order to reduce violent crime, those laws must be strictly enforced. We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those who obtain firearms illegally, as well as those who help felons to obtain guns.”

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case with assistance from the Newport Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold H. Huftalen prosecuted the case.

klandrigan@unionleader.com