JEFFERSONVILLE — Christopher Mesick, 38 of Jeffersonville, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury sitting in Burlington with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm.
Mesick was arrested on these charges on January 13, 2020.
Mesick waived his appearance yesterday at his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy and Mesick’s defense attorney entered pleas of not guilty on his behalf.
According to a federal criminal complaint, on January 5, 2020, troopers with the Vermont State Police conducted a welfare check on Christopher Mesick at his residence on Main Street in Jeffersonville.
When troopers arrived at his residence, they observed Mesick unsteady on his feet and slurring his speech.
Mesick allegedly made several threatening comments toward the troopers and was handcuffed for his safety, police say.
During the interaction with Mesick, one of the troopers observed four rifles in the living room.
The trooper recognized three of the rifles as AR-15 style rifles with bayonets attached.
One rifle had a 50-round drum magazine inserted.
Mesick is a convicted felon by virtue of a 2017 conviction for aggravated assault.
On January 13, 2020, police executed a state search warrant at Mesick’s residence.
During the search, law enforcement recovered approximately 16 firearms, including several AR-15 and AK- style assault rifles.
Law enforcement officers also located several cases of various ammunition, a footlocker full of knives and machetes, body armor and a few ounces of marijuana.
Mesick told law enforcement he was a marijuana user.
If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Mesick faces a maximum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine.
Mesick also faces a maximum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine if he is convicted of being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm.