Former Starksboro resident sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm | USAO-VT


The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont said on May 23, 2022, Isaac Liberty-Hanlon, 43, formerly of Starksboro, Vermont, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William K. Sessions III to a prison term. jail time and a three-year probation sentence for possession of a firearm in 2020 after he was previously convicted of a felony. Liberty-Hanlon currently resides in Hartwell, Georgia.

According to records and court proceedings, on July 24, 2020, Vermont State Police troopers searched Liberty-Hanlon’s Starksboro home pursuant to a search warrant. They located and seized a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver from Liberty-Hanlon’s bedroom, and he admitted to possessing the firearm. Liberty-Hanlon was determined to be a criminal, after being convicted in 2009 of aggravated assault in Addison County, Vermont.

U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest praised the efforts of the Vermont State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives in investigating and prosecuting Liberty-Hanlon.

Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J. Lasher prosecuted the case for the United States. Liberty-Hanlon was represented by Robert Behrens, Esq.

That case was prosecuted under the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.


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