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Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

Portland, Maine: Acting United States Attorney Richard W. Murphy announced that Dane Mitchell, 25, of Boston, Massachusetts, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of firearms.

According to court records, on April 8, 2017, Mitchell and another individual travelled to Gray, Maine, where they rented firearms, purchased ammunition, and fired the weapons at a shooting range. Boston Police Department officers identified Mitchell and the shooting range from videos that were uploaded to Snapchat. Mitchell was prohibited from possessing firearms as the result of his 2016 Massachusetts felony convictions for possessing a firearm without a permit and possessing a firearm with a defaced serial number.

Mitchell 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 case was investigated jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Boston Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force.


Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated August 31, 2017

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