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Hunter Biden Found Guilty on All Counts in Federal Weapons Trial

Hunter Biden was found guilty on all three counts related to the purchase and possession of a firearm while addicted to crack cocaine.

The president’s son was found guilty by twelve jurors in Delaware on three counts: he illegally purchased and possessed a weapon while addicted to crack cocaine.

The verdict marks the first time the child of a sitting president has been convicted of a crime.

Hunter Biden showed little emotion when the verdict was read and hugged his wife and extended his hand to his lawyers after the verdict was announced.

The court heard difficult testimony about his struggle with drugs from several women in Hunter Biden’s life. Prosecutors called his ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, his ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan and Hallie Biden, the widow of his brother Beau Biden, with whom Hunter Biden was romantically involved during the time he owned the gun. It was Hallie Biden who discovered the gun in his truck. She testified that Hunter Biden was using drugs in October 2018 when he bought the gun, and prosecutors showed text messages saying he “slept on the car and smoked crack.”

Naomi Biden, called by the defense, testified that her father “seemed great” in late October 2018 and that she did not discover any drug paraphernalia when she borrowed his truck. But she also said she knew her father “struggled with addiction,” and told the court that “after my uncle (Beau Biden) died, things got bad.” She said Hunter Biden never used illegal drugs in her presence.

What is Hunter Biden accused of?

He was charged with three weapons offenses in September after a proposed deal with federal prosecutors unraveled.

He is accused of illegally purchasing and possessing a gun while addicted to crack cocaine. Federal law prohibits drug users from owning firearms.

Prosecutors accuse the president of lying about his drug use on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives form when he purchased a revolver, a speed loader and ammunition from StarQuest Shooters and Survival Supply, a gun store in Wilmington, on October 12, 2018.

Hunter Biden owned the Colt Cobra .38 pistol for 11 days before Hallie Biden found it in the console of his truck and threw it in a trash can in front of a grocery store.

She later testified that she “wanted to pretend” she hadn’t done it, but Hunter Biden had texted her about the missing gun.

“Are you crazy?” he allegedly wrote to her on October 23, 2018, according to text messages read out during the trial. “Tell me now. This is not a game. And you are being completely irresponsible and crazy.”

“It’s hard to believe someone is that stupid,” he reportedly wrote in another message.

Hallie Biden went back to the trash can to get the gun, but it was gone. An elderly man looking for recyclables found the gun and took it home. Delaware police later recovered the gun from the man.

Years later, prosecutors charged Hunter Biden with weapons offenses when they independent tax burdens against him.

What is Hunter Biden accused of?

Two of the three charges relate to the paperwork Hunter Biden filled out when purchasing the gun. The form includes questions about the person’s criminal record, whether he is buying the gun for himself or someone else, his drug use and his mental health. He is accused of making false statements on the application by claiming he does not use drugs and lying to a licensed gun dealer.

The third count concerns his possession of a firearm. Prosecutors say he knowingly possessed the weapon for 11 days while battling drug addiction, a violation of federal law.

Hunter Biden’s defense

His lawyers argued that the prosecution must prove that he had consumed drugs on the day he bought the gun. The form contains the word “are,” defense attorney Abbe Lowell said in his opening statement.

“It doesn’t say if you ever did drugs. It doesn’t say if you ever did drugs,” Lowell said. The defense also argued that Hunter Biden abused alcohol, not drugs, during that time.

All three charges are capital crimes. If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 25 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000.

This story was originally published by CBS News‘ Erica Brown, Clare Homes and Caitlin Yield on June 11, 2024 at 11:10 a.m. ET. Scott MacFarlane contributed reporting.

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