Man Sentenced for Possession of Sawed-Off Shotgun
Contact: F. Todd Lowell
Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Matthew
Green, 24, of Bangor, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Bangor by Chief District Court Judge
John A. Woodcock, Jr. to four years and three months in prison to be followed by three years of
supervised release for possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun. Green pleaded guilty to the
charge on November 8, 2011.
Court records reveal that on June 7, 2011, an officer from the Penobscot Nation Police
Department went to a house on Indian Island in response to a report of domestic violence. As a result,
Green was arrested for the crime of assault. Law enforcement officers recovered a sawed-off
shotgun from a shed near the home. An interview of Green and an investigation by tribal and federal
law enforcement officers established that the shotgun belonged to Green and that he had been
keeping it in the shed. Under federal law, it is illegal to possess a firearm with a barrel length of less
than 18 inches and an overall length of less than 26 inches unless the firearm is registered in the
National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The shotgun was not connected to the domestic
The investigation was conducted jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives and the Penobscot Nation Police Department.
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