East Kingston man denied bail on grenade charges for 2nd timeBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
May 22. 2016 8:34PM
BRENTWOOD — An East Kingston man arrested after allegedly attempting to buy grenades during an undercover FBI sting has been denied bail a second time and will remain locked up until his trial in July.
A judge agreed with prosecutors that Daniel E. Musso Sr., 54, posed too much of a public danger to be released from Strafford County jail, where he is currently being held. Prosecutors had argued successfully in February to keep Musso held pending his trial.
Musso was arrested in Seabrook on Jan. 27 after he allegedly bought four grenades from an FBI agent posing as a seller at a meeting in Seabrook. He was indicted on four counts of receiving and possessing grenades that were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, according to prosecutors.
“His meetings with the undercover agent were captured on video recordings, which unambiguously reveal that he was intent on purchasing grenades and possibly other destructive devices like explosive material and rockets,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Zuckerman said.
Defense lawyer Mark Sisti argued in court papers that his client posed no threat to the public and no flight risk since he was a lifelong resident of New Hampshire with strong family ties in the area.
“There is no indication that Mr. Musso ever anticipated using any sort of firearm, grenade or explosive device in a manner that posed a threat to anyone in the community,” Sisti said in a court motion seeking a bail modification.
Musso and the undercover agent met on Jan. 22 to negotiate the terms of the grenade sale, according to prosecutors. When shown photos of the grenades, Musso allegedly replied, “those will work” and went on to say he did not consider any price for the grenades unfair “because where else can you buy something like that.”
Musso also allegedly told the agent that he wanted to get the grenades “in my hand, look them over and just see what they do and experiment with them in a secured area,” a court motion says.
Zuckerman also argued that Musso appeared to know that the transaction was illegal.
Musso allegedly portrayed himself as part of a group of “compatriots” that had $100,000 to $200,000 on hand to buy weapons.
“He explained that he was the person who looked for ‘stuff’ for people on his ‘team.’ He said that what is commonly referred to as the United States Constitution is not the original constitution and that he was part of a group that was bringing forth the original constitution,” Zuckerman said in a court motion.
Musso allegedly told the FBI agent that he wanted all his future dealings with the agent to be on a “one-to-one basis.”
“He explained, ‘That way if the (expletive) hits the fan, you won’t have a million people connected.”
Musso is expected to go on trial in U.S. District Court on July 6.