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Heavy blow to President Biden as son is found guilty in federal gun trial

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A jury in Delaware has convicted Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, of all three counts at his criminal gun trial in federal court on Tuesday morning.

Hunter Biden, 54, was found guilty of making a false statement in connection with the sale of a firearm, a false statement in a firearms transaction, and possessing a firearm while being a drug user or drug addict.

Meanwhile, this was the first of two cases against Hunter Biden brought by Justice Department special counsel David Weiss.

The president’s son also faces tax charges in a separate prosecution scheduled to go to trial in September.

The jury started its deliberations on Monday afternoon, and deliberated for about three hours before returning the historic verdict.

Hunter Biden looked straight ahead at the jury as it delivered the verdict, and slightly nodded as it was read.

The trial was the first involving the offspring of a sitting president, and came as Joe Biden is facing a fierce re-election fight against Mr Donald Trump in November, NBC reported.

First lady Jill Biden was not in the courtroom as the verdict was read, and arrived at the courthouse minutes later.

She immediately went into a holding room where Hunter Biden went after the verdict.

Two of the counts carry maximum prison sentences of 10 years, while the third has a maximum of five years.

Under federal sentencing guideline recommendations, he could be sentenced to over a year in prison, but the judge could sentence him to more or less time. Each count also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.

No sentencing date has been set.

 

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