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Hunter Biden was found guilty of illegally purchasing weapons and faces up to 25 years in prison

A jury found Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, guilty on all three charges related to buying and possessing guns while he was a drug addict, reports CBS.

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This is the first time the child of a sitting president has been found guilty of a crime. One juror stated after the verdict: Hunter Biden "knew what he was doing when he was told he had to fill out an application" to buy a gun.

“When Hunter wrote that he didn’t do drugs, he knew he was a drug addict and used crack,” the juror noted.

Hunter Biden showed little emotion as the 12-member Delaware jury's verdict was read. Afterwards, he hugged his wife and thanked his lawyers.

“I am more grateful today for the love and support I experienced from my wife Melissa and the rest of my family than I am disappointed in the outcome,” Hunter said in a statement after the sentencing.

The first lady and other members of the Biden family attended the trial. The process of sitting in the front row.

The reaction of the father-president

Joe Biden, who did not attend the trial, issued a statement. It said it would "accept the outcome of this case and continue to respect the judicial process."

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But, he said, “I’m also a father,” and “many families who have loved ones struggling with addiction understand the sense of pride in seeing someone you love grow strong and resilient in recovery.”

Witnesses in court

A prosecutor filed charges against Hunter Biden in September after a proposed plea deal fell through. At trial, he noted that Hunter Biden "should bear no more responsibility than any other defendant who commits such misconduct."

The court heard testimony from several women who knew Hunter Biden about his struggles with drugs. The indictment named his ex-wife Kathleen Boulet, ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan and Holly Biden, the widow of his brother Beau Biden, with whom Hunter Biden was romantically involved while he owned the firearm.

It was Holly Biden who discovered the gun in her car. She testified that Hunter Biden was using drugs in October 2018 when he bought a gun, and prosecutors showed messages that said he was "sleeping in his car and smoking crack."

Hunter's daughter Naomi Biden, called by the defense, acknowledged that her father "struggled with addiction." She told the court that "things got really bad after [Beau Biden's] uncle died." According to Hunter Biden's daughter, her father never used illegal drugs in her presence.

Hunter Biden case

In September, Hunter was charged with illegally purchasing and possessing a weapon while he was addicted to crack cocaine. Federal law prohibits illegal drug users from owning firearms.

Prosecutors say the president's son lied about his drug use on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives form. On Oct. 12, 2018, he purchased a revolver and ammunition from StarQuest Shooters and Survival Supply in Wilmington.

Hunter Biden owned a Colt Cobra pistol for 11 days before Holly Biden found it in the glove compartment of her car and threw it in a trash can outside a grocery store.
Eventually, Holly Biden returned to the trash can to retrieve the gun, but it was no longer there. An elderly man looking for recyclables found an abandoned weapon and took it home. Delaware State Police later seized the ill-fated pistol from the man.

What is Hunter Biden accused of?

Two of the three charges relate to paperwork that Hunter Biden filled out when purchasing a gun. The form includes questions about the person's criminal history, whether they are buying a gun for themselves or someone else, drug use and mental health. He is accused of making a false statement on the application because he claimed he did not use drugs.

He lied to a licensed gun dealer.

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The third point concerns his possession of weapons. Prosecutors say he knowingly possessed the weapon for 11 days while battling an addiction to illegal drugs. This is a violation of federal law.

Defense of Hunter Biden

Prosecutors must prove he was using drugs on the day he bought the gun, his lawyers argued. The form uses the word “is,” defense attorney Abby Lowell noted in his opening statement.

“It doesn’t say whether you’ve ever been a drug addict. It doesn’t say whether you’ve ever used,” Lowell emphasized. In addition, she claimed that Hunter Biden was abusing alcohol, not drugs, at that time.

All three charges are felonies. The defendant could face a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750.

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