Bennington man sentenced to 2.5 years in prison

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BENNINGTON — Gavin Wilcox, 31, of Bennington, was recently sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Wilcox begin his sentence without credit for time served, due to him having been on furlough from the Vermont Department of Corrections at the time of the federal offense.

The judge ordered Wilcox to serve a 2-year term of supervised release after his incarceration.

According to court records, on March 31, while investigating an unrelated report of violent crime, Bennington Police observed Wilcox engage in a suspected drug transaction in the Dollar General parking lot.

Officers knew he had an active arrest warrant for violations of his furlough.

When he was handcuffed, he allegedly dropped 11 white bags wrapped in a rubber band, which contained fentanyl.

Wilcox’s backpack was seized and a subsequent search of the backpack revealed a stolen Smith & Wesson .357 magnum Pro Series revolver and drug paraphernalia.

Before his March 31, 2022 arrest, Wilcox had sustained felony convictions for DUI-3 and heroin possession.

These felony convictions prohibited Wilcox from possession of a firearm under federal law.

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