Newport Police Assisted with Investigation
CONCORD, NH—Lucas MacLean, 27, formerly of Unity, was sentenced to serve 51 months in prison for federal firearms crimes, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, MacLean induced Jacob Perra, 28, of Goshen, to purchase a handgun for him from a firearms dealer in New Hampshire on April 30, 2014. MacLean financed the purchase and later took possession of the gun. Maclean was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing firearms.
MacLean pleaded guilty on July 27, 2018.
Perra previously was convicted for his role in the offense.
“Federal firearms laws are designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said 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.”
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Newport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold H. Huftalen.
The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.