Plea reached in illegal weapons case

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BURLINGTON — A Brattleboro man has agreed to plead guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

As a result, Joshua Stratton, 34, could spend up to 10 years in federal prison.

The investigation into Stratton began on June 30, 2019, after troopers with the Vermont State Police responded to a report of shots fired in Putney in the area Kimball Hill Road and Main Street.

When troopers arrived, they found Stratton drinking and in possession of nine firearms.

According to court documents, Stratton was convicted of aggravated assault with a weapon, a felony, on May 2, 2007. Stratton also has convictions for marijuana possession of two ounces or more, and marijuana cultivation of over 25 plants. He also has numerous misdemeanor DUI convictions, note court documents.

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According to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court of Vermont, Stratton was found in possession of a .44 caliber Ruger revolver, a SCCY 9mm semi-automatic pistol, a Ruger .556 caliber rifle described as an AR-style rifle, a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, a Ruger .22 rifle, a Mavi 20 gauge shotgun, a Remington 30-06, a Harrington and Richards 16 gauge shotgun and a Marlin .35 caliber rifle.

Those firearms were forfeited.

According to court documents, Stratton will receive credit for taking responsibility for his actions and working honestly with probation and parole in his pre-sentencing investigation.

"The parties are unaware of any evidence that defendant Stratton unlawfully discharged or otherwise unlawfully used the firearms he possessed," notes the plea agreement. "Therefore, the parties agree the defendant possessed the firearms solely for lawful sporting purposes."

Stratton's sentencing date has not yet been set.

Bob Audette can be contacted at raudette@reformer.com.


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