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Penobscot County Man Sentenced to 10 Years
for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

November 22, 2013

Contact: James L. McCarthy
Assistant U. S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that
Matthew Lucas Ayotte, 34, a native of Presque Isle and more recent resident of Penobscot
County, was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 10 years
in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The imprisonment is to be followed by 5
years of supervised release. Ayotte pled guilty to the charge on March 1, 2012.

According to court records, on February 12, 2011, Ayotte stole a .45 caliber Hi-Point
pistol and ammunition in Bangor. Bangor police officers located Ayotte that night and
recovered the stolen firearm. Because Ayotte had at least three previous convictions for violent
felony offenses he was subject to an enhanced sentence of up to life in prison as an Armed
Career Criminal.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives and the Bangor Police Department.



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