Man under firearms ban jailed after found with loaded AR-15

A Lyndon man prohibited from possessing firearms was jailed after police found him in St. Johnsbury in a car with a loaded AR-15 propped up on his knee.

Jun 1 at 2:50 AM, St. Johnsbury police went to 1658 Main St. for a report of a vehicle blaring the horn.

They found Dakota McAllister and Christopher Degreenia, 33, of Lyndon. He was in the passenger seat of the vehicle, with a loaded AR-15, chambered in .556 and equipped with a scope and 30-round magazine, propped up on his knee.

“When I removed the firearm from the vehicle, I noticed the bolt was closed. I pulled the charging handle back and observed a rifle cartridge in the chamber,” Officer Davis Guyer said.

Degreenia has a curfew to be in Lyndonville, which he was in violation of. Degreenia was arrested for violating his conditions of release and the loaded long gun in a motor vehicle.

While searching Degreenia incident to arrest, Guyer pulled out a clear round plastic container with a white rock-like substance inside. The firearm and suspected drugs were brought back to the police department with Degreenia. A field test showed the rock-like substance to be consistent with the chemical makeup of Cocaine, and weighed approximately .7 grams.

When the magazine was emptied, it was found to hold 8 more rifle cartridges.

A check of Degreenia’s criminal record showed he was disqualified from possessing a firearm in the State of Vermont due to prior criminal convictions.

Degreenia was brought to the Vermont Superior Court, Caledonia Unit for arriagnment.

Judge Justin Jiron found probable cause and Degreenia was lodged into the Northeastern Correctional Complex with $200 bail.

Categories: Crime

8 replies »

  1. Uh-oh……another twisted non-sensical reason for the legislators of Vermont to attempt to ditch the US & the VT Constitutions and ban guns for all lawful citizens. Lots o’ luck, losers……not until this nation has taken its last breath…..which shall be: NEVER. As long as the law-abiding, gun-owning Constitutionalists remain righteous.

  2. Once again we see that laws restricting gun ownership do not work to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals with bad intent.

  3. When all the criminals obey the unconstitutional Vermont gun laws, then I’ll obey the unconstitutional Vermont gun laws.

    “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for me to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed or enforced nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt.” – Ayn Rand

  4. I guess he didn’t get the memo about the illegality of him being in possession of a firearm or about the large capacity magazine

  5. A federal violation if he is in possession of a firearm as a felon. certainly the state won’t do much as evidenced by setting bail at only $200 !!!

  6. Why does the State of Vermont pretend to step in and get involved in these cases?
    Since this man was federally prohibited due to previous convictions, this case should be handled exclusively in Federal court, using real laws with teeth. NO NEW GUN LAWS UNTIL EXISTING ONES ARE ENFORCED TO THE LETTER.

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