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

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ellsworth Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

Contact: Jody Mullis, Andrew McCormack                                                                       
Assistant United States Attorneys
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jeffrey Barnard, 52, of Ellsworth, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

According to court records, on May 31, 2014, Barnard barricaded himself in his home and commenced a stand-off that lasted more than fourteen hours.  During the stand-off, Barnard fired a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle.  Barnard had previously been convicted of state felony offenses in California and Maine, including a conviction in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

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

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Maine State Police; the Bangor and Ellsworth Police Departments; the Maine Attorney General’s Office; and the Maine State Police Crime Lab.

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