The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont said Marissa Byrd, 30, of Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced yesterday to two years probation following her conviction for providing false or fictitious statements to a federally licensed dealer. firearms in connection with his acquisition of a firearm. U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss announced the sentence following a hearing at the federal courthouse in Burlington.

According to court records, Byrd pleaded guilty to the offense on April 29, 2022. The accused admitted to purchasing a firearm from Parro’s Gun Shop in Waterbury, Vermont in March 2021 at the request of another person, who provided him with money to complete the purchase. . After acquiring the handgun, Byrd transferred it to the other person, whom Byrd knew was prohibited from owning firearms under federal law. As part of the purchase of the gun, Byrd filed an ATF form that incorrectly stated that she was the actual purchaser of the gun. This type of offense is commonly referred to as “purchasing straw” and is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

At the sentencing hearing, the government and defense attorney recommended a probationary sentence in light of, among other things, Byrd’s quick acceptance of responsibility for his offense and his performance during provisional release pending this case.

United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest praised the investigative efforts of Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Lasher handled the prosecution. Byrd was represented by David Kirby, Esq.

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 all. . On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a Violent Crime Reduction Strategy strengthening the NSP based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community organizations that help prevent violence, establishing targeted and strategic strategies implementation priorities and measurement of results. For more information on the Safe Neighborhoods Project, please visit


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