Former New York Man Sentenced to 70 Months
on Firearms and Drug Convictions
Contact: James L. McCarthy
Assistant United States Attorney
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Levell
L. Matthews, 26, formerly of New York, was sentenced yesterday by Chief Judge John A.
Woodcock, Jr., to 70 months imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release for
conspiracy to make false statements in firearms applications, being a felon in possession of
firearms and drug possession. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $4,672.20, $500 in special
assessments and the costs of prosecution. Matthews was convicted on September 26, 2012,
following a 2-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Bangor.
Testimony and trial evidence revealed that in 2009, Matthews was convicted of a felony,
Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (cocaine) in the Supreme Court of the State
of New York, Kings County. On October 26, 2012, Matthews visited a Bangor firearms dealer
and, while there, handled three firearms. On November 9, 2012 Matthews, with two associates,
again visited the firearms dealer and handled a fourth firearm which one of his associates then
attempted to purchase by falsely representing on the federal firearms application form that the
associate was the actual buyer of the firearm, rather than Matthews. The background check
initiated by the firearms dealer resulted in the sale being delayed. On December 6, 2012,
Matthews and his associate returned to the firearms dealer. While Matthews stayed outside in a
car, the associate again made the same false statement in the firearms application form and used
money provided by Matthews to purchase the firearm. The associate returned to the vehicle
where both he and Matthews were arrested. A search of Matthews resulted in the seizure of
marijuana concealed in his underwear.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, with the assistance of the Bangor Police Department and the Maine Drug
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