CONCORD — A Claremont man, stabbed and shot by his own gun during an attempted robbery, was indicted in Vermont for possessing a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol after having been convicted of multiple felonies, authorities said.
Ira Flowers, 36, appeared Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Concord and agreed to his detention pending transfer to Vermont, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont.
Flowers possessed of a firearm Jan. 6 at the Holiday Inn in Springfield, Vt., according to court records. Flowers and three others met in one of the hotel rooms to exchange thousands of dollars for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-infused products. At the meeting, Flowers pulled a 9 mm pistol and attempted to rob the seller of the THC products, prosecutors said.
During a struggle, Flowers was stabbed in the neck, shot once in the leg with the pistol he unlawfully possessed, and left in the hotel hallway bleeding profusely from his wounds. Vermont State Police searched the hotel room and seized the gun possessed by Flowers as well as a single 9 mm casing, authorities said.
If convicted, Flowers faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.