A FORMER Lyme Regis man, Melvyn Gear, 59, now living in Hawaii, has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for the illegal possession of a firearm.
He was convicted of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm after a jury trial in May this year.
US Federal law prohibits a foreign national living in the United States pursuant to a non-immigrant visa from possessing any firearms.
The evidence presented at trial demonstrated that Gear, who grew up in Lyme Regis and has also lived in Australia, was in the United States on a non-immigrant visa in July 2017 when he possessed a rifle that had been shipped into the United States, which he had owned in Australia.
He then lied about it when questioned by federal law enforcement officers.
At the sentencing hearing, the judge rejected a defense request for a probationary sentence and instead sentenced Gear to 15 months in prison and noted that the conviction would likely result in deportation after Gear had served his term of imprisonment.