Will Hunter Biden go to prison?

Hunter Biden was found guilty of lying on a federal gun possession form, lying to a gun dealer and possessing a firearm while using illegal drugs, and now his sentence becomes an open question.

The judge will have to decide whether the country’s first son will now be imprisoned for up to 25 years.

On Tuesday, a jury of 12 Delawareans found Biden guilty on all three counts after about three hours of deliberations.

Biden is unlikely to receive a lengthy prison sentence, given that he is a first-time nonviolent offender and that in cases similar to Biden’s, the sentence was short. Instead, Judge Maryellen Noreika could have imposed other penalties, such as fines or probation.

But prison isn’t completely out of the question.

Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, arrives at a federal courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware (Getty Images)

Noreika said she would set Biden’s sentencing date at a later date. But no matter what punishment he receives, he will have to face it. His father, President Joe Biden, has already said he will not pardon his son.

Prosecutors presented a strong case to jurors, portraying Biden as a grief-stricken man who made poor choices that resulted in a careless mistake. They explained that while addiction is not a crime, lying about using drugs to buy a gun is.

Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, and his wife Melissa Cohen Biden appear in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., June 11, 2024, on weapons charges (REUTERS)

“No one is above the law,” lead prosecutor Derek Hines said during opening statements. “No one is allowed to lie, not even Hunter Biden.”

The defense disputed the government’s claims and said the president’s son was not actively using drugs when he purchased the gun or “knowingly” making false statements.

Testimony from several of Biden’s exes confirmed that he was addicted to crack cocaine from 2015 to 2019 and could not be relied upon to tell the truth. Defense attorneys did not dispute this and based their case largely on the extremely detailed language of the statute under which Biden was charged.