South Burlington Man Charged with Making a False Statement in Connection with Acquisition of Handgun Found at Massachusetts Homicide Scene

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The United States Attorney’s Office stated Cameron Yee, 21, of South Burlington, was arrested yesterday based upon a one count indictment charging him with making a materially false statement in connection with his acquisition of a Glock handgun from a South Burlington federally licensed firearm dealer.  Yee will be arraigned on the indictment this afternoon at 2:30 before United States Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle.  

Court filings state that Yee purchased a Glock .40 on October 11, 2022, and the weapon was recovered less than 24 hours later at the scene of a shootout in Springfield, Massachusetts, that resulted in the death of two men.  According to Court records, when Yee acquired the gun he falsely stated to the gun store that he was the actual purchaser/transferee, when he actually was purchasing the weapon on behalf of a man who supplied him with money to make the purchase.  

The indictment is an accusation only and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. If Yee is convicted of the charged offense, he will face a maximum possible prison sentence of 10-years, but the sentence would be informed by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  

The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives lead the investigation, in coordination with the South Burlington, Vermont, and Springfield, Massachusetts Police Departments.  

Michael P. Drescher is the Assistant United States Attorney.  Yee is represented by the Office of the Federal Public Defender.  

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.  For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psn