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Felon staying at Burlington encampment faces federal weapons charges

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 6:14 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Authorities say a convicted felon staying at a South End homeless encampment now faces federal weapons charges.

Robert Renner, 49, was arrested by Burlington Police during a drug raid at the Sears Lane encampment earlier this week. Police say they found four firearms and ammunition during the search of his camper vehicle, which was parked at the encampment. According to the Vermont U.S. Attorney’s Office, Renner isn’t allowed to have a gun because he is a convicted felon.

If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The city of Burlington announced Thursday it is now shutting down the encampment on city property.

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