Hunter Biden found guilty on all three felony gun charges, could face jail time

The president's son faces up to 25 years in prison for lying when purchasing a firearm and keeping it while under the influence of drugs.

Hunter Biden was found guilty of all three charges against him. The president's son could face up to 25 years in prison. The prosecution accused Biden of lying during the purchase of a firearm, making a false statement on a form required by the gun vendor and keeping the firearm in his possession while he was under the influence and/or addicted to controlled substances. Hunter is the first child of a president to be found guilty of criminal charges.

The verdict was returned on the jury's second day of deliberation. During the process of the case, prosecutors showed messages recovered from Hunter Biden's infamous laptop, in which he stated that he was using and looking for drugs. Photographs of the president's son consuming what appeared to be crack were also shown in court. The prosecution also played fragments of Hunter's audiobook, read by the president's son himself, for almost an hour. In it, he talks about his addiction at the time he bought the weapon.

Although the maximum prison sentence for the three crimes is 25 years, since it is his first offense, and since the weapon was not involved in a violent act, it is most likely that if Hunter Biden is sent to prison, he will receive a sentence of less than two years. He could see no jail time at all, receiving only a fine and a few years of probation.

The trial judge, Maryellen Noreika, will determine the sentence and announce it in the coming months. Hunter Biden will face another trial with criminal charges in September for allegedly failing to pay more than $1.4 million in taxes on time.

It's not about addiction but about his decision to buy a gun

Special Counsel David Weiss, who brought the charges against Hunter Biden gave statements after the verdict became known:

"Ultimately, this case was not just about addiction, a disease that haunts families across the United States, including Hunter Biden's family. This case was about the illegal choices the defendant made while in the throes of addiction. His choice to lie on a government form when he bought a gun and the choice to then possess that gun, it was these choices and the combination of guns and drugs that made his conduct dangerous."

The prosecution repeated at different times during the course of the trial that while an addiction is not a choice, lying to buy a gun is a choice. The prosecutor also assured that “no one is above the law,” but at the same time stressed that this case should not be treated differently - to the detriment of the defendant - because it involves the president's son.

"Everyone must be accountable for their actions, even this defendant. However, Hunter Biden, should be no more accountable than any other citizen convicted of this same conduct."

Joe Biden gives speech against “gun violence”

Just a couple of hours after his son Hunter Biden was found guilty of all charges against him related to gun possession, the president gave a previously scheduled speech on “gun violence.” Joe Biden did not mention his son and went into a classic Democratic anti-gun speech, stating that we live in an “gun violence epidemic” and asserting that the country needs increased regulations and controls on gun ownership.

Prior to the speech that took place in Washington D.C., the president released a statement in which he assured that he respects the jury's decision:

"I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal. 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."

Last week, in an interview with ABC News, the president assured that he would not pardon his son if he were found guilty.