Mass. Man Found Guilty of Buying Firearms to Kill Attorney General Martha Coakley, Federal Judge

A Massachusetts man was found guilty of receiving firearms with intent to commit murder on Tuesday in a New Hampshire federal court.

After a 6-day trial, Edward McLarnon, 69, of Malden, was found guilty on receiving firearms with intent to commit murder,

receiving an unregistered silencer, receiving explosive materials, and receiving an explosive with the intent to harm persons or property.

According to prosecutors, in October of 2015, McLarnon made contact with a person he believed to be an arms dealer — who was actually an undercover FBI agent — for the purpose of buying illegal weapons.

McLarnon allegedly negotiated with the undercover agent at a store in Chichester, New Hampshire and paid a total of $700 in cash to obtain the weapons.

On November 6, 2015, McLarnon got possession of a .22 caliber pistol with a silencer, an AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, and two hand grenades containing high explosives at a rest stop in Seabrook. He was taken into custody shortly after taking possession of the items.

Prosecutors allege that McLarnon intended to use the weapons to kill his ex-wife's husband, as well as a Boston federal judge, and former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

McLarnon faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison for each count of conviction. He will be sentenced on May 10.

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