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Brewer Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearms

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

Bangor, Maine:  A Brewer man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Bangor to being a felon in possession of two firearms, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

According to court records, on May 17, 2019, Brewer police officers found Jamey Brigley, 32, in possession of brass knuckles. He later physically resisted and struggled with an officer, and two additional officers had to assist in securing him. When officers searched his backpack following his arrest, they found two pistols, one of which had an obliterated, unreadable serial number. Brigley admitted that he knew he could not legally buy or own a firearm. He was prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions, including convictions for Unlawful Possession of Oxycodone and Unlawful Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs in 2015. 

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

The Brewer Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. For more information about PSN, please visit


Nicholas Heimbach
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated March 6, 2020

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