Bad luck nets man a 3 to 7 year prison on illegal gun charge

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Nicholas Boyd Chisholm

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Nicholas Boyd Chisholm, 27 of Harrisburg, was sentenced in Dauphin County Court on Wednesday to serve three to seven years in state prison for illegally possessing a handgun.

On November 10, 2014, sheriff deputies went to Boyd Chisholm’s home searching for another man who was wanted on a domestic relations warrant.  The deputies believed that the home was the home of the wanted man.  When they arrived, they discovered Chisholm who stated that it was his home and that the other man did not live there.

Armed with an arrest warrant, the deputies still searched for the man but instead found several pounds of marijuana, a handgun and video surveillance equipment that was used by  Chisholm to observe visitors.  Chisholm is not permitted to possess a handgun due to a prior felony drug conviction.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen R. Zawisky successfully prosecuted the case in suppression court and during the bench trial stage.  Zawisky stated:

“Mr. Boyd Chisholm is a person who is not permitted to possess a firearm based on his prior actions. Illegal possession of a firearm is a major problem throughout the Commonwealth and we need to respond with harsh prison sentences.”

Chisholm was permitted to remain free on bail while he appeals his case to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.