A federal jury in Concord, NH yesterday convicted Edward McLarnon, 69, of receiving firearms with intent to commit murder and three related weapons and explosive charges in bid to go on a murder spree that was foiled because the person he bought all the weaponry from was an undercover FBI agent.
The US Attorney's office in Concord reports McLarnon faces sentencing - of up to ten years on each count - on May 18.
According to the US Attorney's office, in 2015 somebody dropped a dime on McLarnon that he was itching to kill his ex-wife's new husband, Boston federal Judge F. Dennis Saylor , Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and other officials. The US Attorney's office did not specify why McLarnon was so upset with the judge and the government officials, although court records show Saylor presided over McLarnon's unsuccessful attempts to stave off the foreclosure of his Malden house - in a series of lawsuits and appeals that brought a warning from Saylor to knock it off.
An FBI agent posing as an arms dealer contacted McLarnon and arranged to sell him $700 worth of weapons: A .22 caliber pistol with a silencer, an AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, and two hand grenades containing high explosives. McLarnon took possession of the weapons - the feds had replaced the fuses in the grenades with inert materials - at a rest stop in Seabrook, NH, after which he was swarmed by agents and arrested.
In an affidavit filed in connection with the case, the FBI agent stated that McLarnon, who already had two guns, wanted guns with silencers so nobody in adjacent offices would hear him firing - and that he planned to counteract the security cameras he figured would photograph him by wearing a surgical mask.