Accused shooter freed from prison in January
First he was convicted in federal court for paying others to buy firearms on his behalf in Manchester-area gun stores.
Then Myles 'EZ' Webster, 22, walked away from a halfway house in Boston, which returned him to federal prison for six months.
Those six months ended in January, meaning Webster was free for about two months before he was arrested Wednesday night and charged with attempted murder of a Manchester police officer.
On Valentine's Day 2008, he was charged in Manchester with armed robbery for pointing a gun at an acquaintance and robbing him of $100.
Newspaper reports at the time said Webster pulled a trigger on the victim, Joshua Tarallo, but no shot was fired. In October 2010, Webster pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the plot he hatched to acquire three guns. On Jan. 30, 2010, he had two people purchase guns for him at Great Northern Sports Center in Derry.
A day earlier, a clerk at Riley's Sports Shop in Hooksett refused to sell the two guns.
Webster was living in Hyde Park, Mass., at the time. Shortly after the purchase, Boston police discovered the guns - a .38-caliber revolver and two 9mm handguns - in a car after pulling Webster over for a traffic violation.
Federal law prohibits anyone from legally purchasing a gun on behalf of another. Court records say Webster offered to pay two people $400 if they would buy the guns for him.
Don Feith, a first assistant U.S. Attorney in New Hampshire, said it doesn't appear that prosecutors ever found out what Webster wanted the guns for.
'We see all sorts of things,' he said about straw purchases. 'Sometimes the person keeps them. Sometimes they trade them.'
Many straw purchases of guns involve a friend or spouse who will purchase a firearm for someone who is disqualified from owning weapons. People convicted of a felony or misdemeanor domestic assault cannot buy firearms.
In Webster's case, it was a business deal: he offered to pay two people money to purchase the weapons, Feith said.
In June 2011, Webster walked away from a Boston halfway house.
In October, a judge sentenced him to six months in prison for the walkaway. Counting time already served awaiting sentencing, he was out by January.
He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release, which means his living and work arrangements are overseen by a parole officer.
Until his arrest Wednesday, Webster was living in Litchfield at 16 Brook Road, which was part of his release plan, said Tom Tarr, head of the New Hampshire office of U.S. Probation and Parole.
Parole officers had visited the Litchfield home several times, and Webster had some issues - such as not looking for a job - Tarr said.
'We were dealing with this non-compliance administratively,' Tarr said.
Also part of his release plan was to take care of some charges from 2010 that were pending in Massachusetts, Tarr said.
At one point, Webster posted $5,000 bail on the charges, but did not show up for a later court hearing, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney.
He had shown up for a more recent hearing, Wark said. Court dates are pending for May and June, Tarr said.