Former Pelham Police Chief hospitalized before sentencing on gun charges

  • Edward Fleury listens to the court read off the verdict of his trial in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — Just hours before he was scheduled to be sentenced on charges of improperly storing guns, former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury was hospitalized for medical reasons.

“Your honor, I just received word from Mr. Fleury’s family that he was being transported in an ambulance to the hospital,” his attorney Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross said shortly after 2 p.m. in Hampshire Superior Court.

An hour later, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Matthew Thomas told Judge Daniel Ford that Fleury had not taken his insulin and police and emergency responders were called to his Pelham home.

A jury on Thursday found Fleury guilty of 12 counts of improperly storing a firearm and not guilty on 10 of the same charges. Fleury was charged with 22 counts of improperly storing a firearm stemming from a September 2014 search of his home. The charge of improperly storing a large capacity firearm, which is all but one of the counts in Fleury’s case, carries a one-year minimum, ten-year maximum sentence in prison.

Sentencing has been rescheduled to Wednesday afternoon.

Thomas asked for a warrant for Fleury’s arrest, saying that if they put it off, Fleury would “do it again.”

Ford declined.

“I’m not inclined to issue a warrant based on someone being taken to the hospital in an ambulance,” Ford said.

Calls to the Pelham Police Department Friday afternoon were not answered.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettenet.com