CONCORD, N.H. – Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced that a federal jury found Corey Donovan, 38, of Wilmot, guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. The verdict was returned on Friday, October 15, 2021.
According to trial exhibits and witness testimony during the four-day jury trial, Donovan was prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions. In March of 2021, law enforcement officers received a tip that Donovan possessed firearms. After investigating the matter, law enforcement officers obtained search warrants for Donovan’s property and vehicles associated with him. Located in Donovan’s Jeep, strapped to the roll bar, was a loaded 20-gauge shotgun. There were several rounds of ammunition on and in the weapon. Additional ammunition was in the Jeep’s center console. A companion 20-gauge shotgun barrel, several shotgun parts, multiple rounds of ammunition, and various gun accessories also were located on Donovan’s property.
Donovan, who is detained, faces up to 10 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 31, 2022.
“To protect our community from violent crime, it is essential to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “As this prosecution demonstrates, we will not hesitate to bring federal criminal charges against convicted felons who unlawfully possess firearms. By prosecuting dangerous criminals like Mr. Donovan, we are working to keep families and communities in the Granite State safe from violence.”
“ATF is committed to pursuing the illegal possession of firearms by prohibited persons. In this circumstance, Mr. Donovan had a previous violent felony conviction. These investigations are of high priority for the ATF because they directly impact public safety,” said Special Agent in Charge James Ferguson.
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the United States Marshals Service, New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Andover Police Department, and United States Probation and Pretrial Services. Special assistance was also provided by the Somersworth Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anna Krasinski and Charles Rombeau.
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