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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: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Keon Shine, 27, of Boston, Massachusetts, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of firearms.


According to court records, on April 8, 2017, Shine and Dane Mitchell travelled to Gray, Maine, where they rented firearms, purchased ammunition, and fired the weapons at a shooting range.  Boston Police Department officers identified Shine, Mitchell and the shooting range from videos that were uploaded to Snapchat.  Shine was prohibited from possessing firearms as a result of his three 2011 Massachusetts felony convictions for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. 


Mitchell pled guilty to the same charge on August 30, 2017.


Both Shine and Mitchell face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  They will be sentenced after the completion of presentence investigation reports 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 November 30, 2017

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