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Burlington Man Who Planned to Attack Police Pleads Guilty

December 14, 2018

BURLINGTON -- A 32-year-old Burlington man, allegedly looking to attack the Burlington Police Department, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of 30 rounds of ammunition Tuesday, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Brendan Sheils pleaded guilty to the felony in federal court in Boston. On Feb. 22, police were informed that Sheils had an Uzi bump stock weapon with the intent to attack the Police Department.

“On Feb. 23, 2018, police executed a search warrant at Sheils’ residence, where they recovered a total of 30 pieces of ammunition, as well as an AR-15 type rifle that was determined to be a ‘ghost gun,’ which is made when an individual buys component parts and then assembles the pieces together,” the press release stated. “The rifle was loaded with 28 of the pieces of ammunition.”

Sheils’ faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

Sheils’ sentencing was scheduled for March 18 by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin.

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