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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Auburn Man Convicted for Possession of a Firearm after a Conviction for a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Willie Richard Minor, 58, of Auburn, Maine, was convicted today following a two-day jury trial in U.S. District Court of possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. 


Court records and trial evidence revealed that on June 14, 2010, Minor was convicted in Maine Superior Court of Assault.  The victim of the assault was his wife at the time.  As a result of that conviction, the defendant was prohibited from possessing firearms.  On November 27, 2016, in an interview with the Auburn Police Department, the defendant admitted to having a gun and told the police he kept the gun in his apartment.  The police subsequently searched his apartment pursuant to a warrant and found the gun Minor had described.


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 investigation was conducted by the Auburn and Mechanic Falls Police Departments, the Maine State Police Crime Lab, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Julia M. Lipez Sheila W. Sawyer Assistant United States Attorneys (207) 780-3257
Updated December 13, 2017