Belmont man sentenced to federal prison

Monitor staff
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Belmont man was recently sentenced to more than 3 years in federal prison for firearms and fentanyl possession.

Paul Channel, 27, faced a judge in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, where he received a 41-month prison sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a controlled substance. He previously pleaded guilty to the charges Oct. 2.

Channel will serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison.

Manchester police arrested Channel on March 25 following a motor vehicle stop on Elm Street. An officer conducted a search of Channel and located three syringes and a clear plastic baggie containing a controlled drug that subsequently tested positive for fentanyl, according to court documents.

Police said they also located a firearm with an obliterated serial number in Channel’s vehicle. Channel is a convicted felon and therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.

“Stopping violent crime is one of the highest priorities of the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said Acting United States Attorney John Farley. “Through the Project Safe Neighborhoods program, we work with our law enforcement partners to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. By prosecuting those who possess guns illegally, we will reduce the risk of violent crime and make our communities safer.”

The federally funded initiative aims to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training and public education.