Hunter Biden becomes first son of sitting US president to be convicted of crime

Hunter Biden becomes first son of sitting US president to be convicted of crime

First son Hunter Biden (right) and his wife Melissa Cohen Biden (left) arrive to hear the verdict in his federal gun trial at the US Federal District Court in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday (Picture: EPA)

President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has become the first offspring of a sitting US commander-in-chief to be convicted of a crime in federal court, in his historic gun trial.

Hunter was found guilty on all three felony gun charges he faced, by a federal jury in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday morning.

Coming to a verdict over a quick two days, the jury concluded that Hunter violated laws preventing drug addicts from purchasing and owning firearms.

He faces up to 25 years in prison and up to a $750,000 fine when he is sentenced.

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Hunter Biden departs from federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday (Picture: AP)

What did Hunter Biden do?

Hunter, 54, was accused of buying and possessing a gun while being addicted or abusing drugs, which violates federal law.

The first two charges were linked to the gun purchase. Hunter lied on form with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that require gun purchasers to affirm they are legally allowed to buy firearms.

And the third count surrounds federal law prohibiting gun possession for individuals abusing drugs. Hunter had a gun for 11 days in October 2018 before his girlfriend threw it away while concerned about his mental health, according to court documents.

The first son has opened up about his struggles with crack cocaine and alcohol addiction, but pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

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First Lady Jill Biden (left), Hunter Biden (middle) and his wife Melissa Cohen Biden (right) leave the J Caleb Boggs Federal Building after a federal jury convicted him on all three federal felony gun charges he faced (Picture: Getty Images)

Will Hunter Biden go to jail?

While Hunter faces up to a quarter century behind bars, he is likely to receive less time than the maximum because he is a first-time offender.

Hunter was not expected to speak to reporters, but will release a statement on his verdict.

What did Joe Biden say about his son’s conviction?

The president issued a brief statement after Hunter’s guilty verdict.

‘As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today,’ stated Biden.

‘So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery.’

He reiterated that he will not pardon his son.

‘As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal,’ he stated. ‘Jill and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support. Nothing will ever change that.’

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