Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday in response to three felony gun charges during a federal court appearance in Wilmington, Delaware.
“Mr. Biden pleads not guilty,” confirmed Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, as reported by NBC News.
The charges stem from a federal grand jury indictment issued last month, which relates to Hunter Biden’s purchase of a Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver in October 2018, a period when he was struggling with addiction.
If convicted, Hunter Biden could face a maximum of 25 years in prison along with fines of up to $750,000.
Following his not guilty plea, the judge outlined the conditions for his release, which reportedly include supervision by a U.S. probation officer in California’s Central District, seeking employment, and abstaining from drug or alcohol use.
This legal situation emerged after a plea deal with Delaware’s U.S. Attorney David Weiss unraveled due to concerns over immunity. Attorney General Merrick Garland later granted Weiss special counsel status in August, expanding his authority to bring charges outside his district. Consequently, Hunter Biden may still face additional charges, including those related to tax evasion, which were originally part of the abandoned plea agreement.