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District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 28, 2020

Auburn Man Convicted of Possessing Firearm after Domestic Violence Conviction

Portland, Maine: An Auburn man was convicted yesterday following a two-day jury trial of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, in June 2010, Willie Richard Minor, 59, was convicted of Assault in Maine Superior Court. The victim of the assault was his wife at the time. As a result of that conviction, Minor was prohibited from possessing firearms. In November 2016, Minor admitted to having a gun in an interview with the Auburn Police Department. The police subsequently recovered the gun he had described.

Minor was originally convicted and sentenced on the federal charge after a trial in December 2017. While the case was pending on appeal, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision, Rehaif v. United States, that changed what the government is required to prove in certain federal firearm possession cases. As a result, the parties agreed to have the original conviction vacated, and the case was remanded for a new trial. At the second trial, the government was required to prove not only that Minor had been convicted of assaulting his wife, but also that he knew he had been so convicted and was aware of certain details of the conviction.

Minor faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The Auburn Police Department, the Mechanic Falls Police Department, the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory and the FBI investigated the case.

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Firearms Offenses
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Julia M. Lipez Sheila W. Sawyer Assistant United States Attorneys Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated February 28, 2020