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New York Man Sentenced to 15 Years on Federal Firearms Charge

October 16, 2013

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Cletus Davis, age 35, originally of New York, was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby, to 15 years imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for illegally possessing firearms after multiple felony convictions. Davis pled guilty to the charge on June 6, 2013.

According to court records, on about April 6, 2011, law enforcement officials received information that Davis had firearms in violation of his State probation conditions. As a result, Maine State probation officers and an Androscoggin County Sherriff’s Office sergeant conducted a probation check at the Wales, Maine home where Davis was staying, seized two rifles and a box of .22 caliber ammunition, and arrested Davis. The evidence showed that Davis knew the guns were in the house and intended to get them back after his release from jail.

According to Florida court records, Davis had previously been convicted of three violent felonies, namely, burglary and two counts of fleeing and eluding a police officer.  As a result of his prior convictions, Davis was subject to an enhanced sentence as an Armed Career Criminal exposing him to a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison. 

The investigation was conducted by the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine Department of Corrections – Probation and Parole, the Central Maine Violent Crime Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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