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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 18, 2016

Caribou Man Pleads Guilty to Lying and Buying a Firearm for a Felon

Contact:  James M. Moore
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Brian Hitchcock, 29, of Caribou, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.

Court records reveal that on May 23, 2014, the defendant went to Ben’s Trading Post, a federal firearms licensee and dealer of firearms located in Presque Isle, Maine, and falsely completed a federal firearms application form certifying that he was the actual buyer of a pistol, when, in fact, he was buying the pistol for a felon. Surveillance video showed the defendant purchasing the pistol when the felon was present at the Trading Post and the defendant later admitted to buying the pistol for the felon. 

Hitchcock faces up to five 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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Caribou Police Department.

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Updated July 19, 2016