Burlington man sentenced to 46 months on gun charge

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BURLINGTON — Jeremiah Smith, 44, of Burlington, has been sentenced to 46 months of imprisonment for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon, according to the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont.

Smith was sentenced by United States District Judge William K. Sessions III, who also ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release after his term of imprisonment.

According to court records, on November 3, 2021, Burlington Police received a report of a pickup truck being stolen from Pine Street in Burlington.

The owner of the truck also relayed that a 9mm firearm had been in the truck at the time it was stolen.

Burlington Police located the truck on Pearl Street in Essex.

Essex Police Officers responded to the location of the vehicle and observed Smith as the sole occupant.

Smith refused to roll down his window or exit the vehicle after repeated requests.

After the officers broke the window of the truck, Smith pointed what appeared to be a firearm at an Essex Police Officer.

The officer drew his service firearm, backed away from the pickup, and ordered Smith out of the vehicle.

Smith continued to refuse commands, and attempted to drive the pickup, which had been remotely disabled.

Smith then exited the pickup truck and began walking away from the officer.

Essex Police Officers then approached Smith and detained him.

While taking him into custody, officers located a Ruger 9mm pistol in Smith’s jacket pocket.

A search of the truck resulted in the seizure of a realistic-looking pistol-style pellet gun from the driver’s side floorboard.

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