Felon pleads guilty to illegally owning firearms, including one recovered at Franklin murder

A Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ), Scorpion EVO 3 S2 like this one was recovered at the scene of a double murder in Franklin. It was legally sold in New Hampshire as a pistol before it landed in the hands of Justin Gebo, a convicted felon, according to agents with the Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco. Jamie Bell, the suspect in the murders was found dead in Franklin following a manhunt.

A Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ), Scorpion EVO 3 S2 like this one was recovered at the scene of a double murder in Franklin. It was legally sold in New Hampshire as a pistol before it landed in the hands of Justin Gebo, a convicted felon, according to agents with the Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco. Jamie Bell, the suspect in the murders was found dead in Franklin following a manhunt.

Monitor staff

Published: 02-28-2024 12:55 PM

A former Belmont man pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms including a short-barreled rifle that was found at a double murder in Franklin in June. 

Justin Gebo, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, including being in possession of a firearm while under indictment and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young.

Gebo possessed a Ceska Zrojovka, known as a  CZ Scorpion EVO with an attached armbrace, while he was under felony indictment for another crime, according to court documents. Gebo was also in possession of a 17 Design and Manufacturing multicaliber AR-style rifle after he had been convicted of a crime, prosecutors said. 

The short-barrel CZ Scorpion EVO was later recovered from the scene of the fatal shooting on Elkins Street on June 3, 2023. 

Police were called to the home shared by Jamie Bell, Nicole Hughes and her two daughters, aged 18 months and five years, for reports of a shooting. Officials said Bell, 42, shot and killed Hughes, 35, and their toddler, Ariella Bell. He also wounded Hughes’ five-year-old daughter, who survived. 

Bell was found dead on the banks of the Merrimack River following a six-hour manhunt. According to the autopsy, Bell died of a single, self-inflicted wound and his cause of death was ruled a suicide. 

Investigators learned the gun located at the scene of the murders was bought in April 2019 in Hooksett and sold to several different owners before it was purchased by Gebo in January, according to court documents. 

Investigators learned that Gebo and Bell had known each other for the last 20 years.

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The charge of felon in possession of a firearm provides for a sentence of no greater than 15 years in prison, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of possession of a firearm while under indictment provides for a sentence of no greater than 5 years in prison, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. 

Gebo is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Concord on June 11.