Burrillville man charged for keeping AR-15 ghost gun at Zambarano


PROVIDENCE — A Burrillville man who works at Zambarano Hospital is facing charges from the Rhode Island State Police after officials reportedly found an AR-15 “ghost gun” he had stored in a locker at the facility.

Kenneth Fullam, 60, a carpenter at the hospital, was arraigned on the charge of possession of a ghost gun on Wednesday, Nov. 23 before Magistrate J. Patrick O’Neill in Providence state court. Bail was set at $20,000 with surety.

According to reports, the incident began on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when a coworker complained about Fullam. A search was conducted on Monday, Nov. 21 and the gun was reportedly discovered in a locker at the motor pool building of the facility, a campus of Eleanor Slater Hospital. Troopers were called 2135 Wallum Lake Road around 1 p.m.

A report in the Boston Globe this week raised questions about the delay in action and contradictions on the affidavit regarding who conducted the search.

Ghost guns are typically assembled from kits, are unregistered, and do not contain serial numbers. Police say a silver lower receiver, two boxes of spent shell casings and a box of reloadable projectiles was also uncovered in the search.

Fullam was placed on administrative leave and given a no-trespass order for grounds of the hospital. He was represented at the arraignment by Providence-based attorney Angelica Bovis and reportedly posted bond on Wednesday, Nov. 23.  

The acute long-term medical and psychiatric facility is at unit of Eleanor Slater Hospital which also included campuses in Cranston, and is run by the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals.

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