SOUTHINGTON — A local man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday after authorities seized numerous rifles, shotguns, magazines and ammunition from his apartment and a storage unit in November.
On Friday, Quac Hao Lam, 24, 35 Darling St., Unit Q, pleaded guilty to carrying a pistol without a permit and one count of possession of a large capacity magazine. He was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended after 18 months served, followed by three years’ probation.
One year of the sentence is mandatory by statute, according to court records. As part of his probation, Lam is prohibited from possessing weapons.
In November, authorities served a search warrant on Lam’s apartment in the Summer Brook complex on Darling Street after receiving an anonymous tip that someone was attempting to sell an assault rifle.
Police were notified on Sept. 12 about a listing on Armslist.com for an AR-15 style rifle with no serial number, according to Lam’s arrest warrant. The listing read: “no brand. new. has drop in trigger. No serial. Completed from 80 lower. Carbine length. No paperwork. I need money.” The gun was being sold for $650.
Police and a special agent from ATF contacted the seller posing as a potential buyer, and during a conversation with the buyer, Lam said he had built the weapon.
On Nov. 19, Lam was found walking in the parking lot of the apartment complex with a loaded Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun, three fully loaded magazines for the weapon and $20,952 in cash, the warrant said. Police later found multiple shotguns, rifles, magazines, and ammunition, including some rifles that were in the process of being built in his apartment and a Spring Street storage unit.