Springfield man acquitted of charges tied to gun in Bible


SPRINGFIELD >> A Western Massachusetts man has been acquitted of three weapons charges stemming from when police found a gun inside a hollowed-out Bible at his residence in 2015.

The Springfield Republican reports Jimmie James, 33, testified that the Bible containing the firearm was not in his bedroom when he left his Whittier Street home before police executed a search warrant at the property on May 13, 2015.

Officer Edward Kalish testified that the Bible was found on a dresser in James' room. James said the gun belonged to his brother, who also lives in the apartment and normally keeps the weapon in a safe.

Defense attorney Joe Smith III told jurors in his closing argument that officers planted the Bible in James' room.

James was found guilty of cocaine possession.


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