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Carthage Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Michael Ringer, 49, of Carthage, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court records, on August 17, 2018, the Wilton Police Department responded to the scene of a 911 call regarding a threatening with a firearm and shots fired report.  Officers learned that Ringer, a convicted felon, was intoxicated and had gotten into an argument at a social gathering.  Several individuals at the gathering had seen the defendant with a handgun.  By the time officers arrived, the defendant had left.  The following day, officers found the defendant at his home.  A subsequent search of the defendant’s residence resulted in the seizure of a pistol belonging to the defendant.

The defendant 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 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Wilton Police Department.


Andrew McCormack
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated March 7, 2019

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