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Connecticut Man Sentenced to 7 ½ years for Firearm Charge

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

PORTLAND, Maine: A Connecticut man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland today for possessing a stolen firearm.

U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. sentenced Henry Brackett, 60, to 92 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty on March 30, 2022.

According to court records, in January 2020, Brackett was pulled over while driving on I-95 southbound in York. During the traffic stop, he was arrested for an outstanding fugitive-from-justice warrant after absconding from parole in Connecticut. A loaded 9mm pistol was recovered from the vehicle’s center console, and an additional 43 rounds of boxed ammunition were recovered from the back seat. It was later determined that Brackett had stolen the handgun and ammunition from a Maine resident.

In sentencing Brackett, Judge Woodcock noted his “chilling” and “disturbing” criminal history, which included five prior sexual assault convictions and a prior kidnapping conviction for which Brackett received a 25-year prison sentence.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Maine State Police and U.S. Marshals Service investigated the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods: This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results. To learn more information about Project Safe Neighborhood, visit



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

Updated December 13, 2022

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