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Former Portland 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: A former Portland resident pleaded guilty in federal court today to being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

According to court records, on August 28, 2021, the Brewer Police Department was called to the Brewer Walmart parking lot due to a disturbance. Patrick Mullen, 52, was located in his truck in the parking lot. Law enforcement ran his information and determined that Mullen had three outstanding warrants. In addition, he was observed in his truck holding a firearm. After an hours-long standoff, Mullen was arrested. Mullen is prohibited from possessing firearms as a result of a 2017 conviction in the Washington County Unified Court for Domestic Violence Criminal Threatening (With a Dangerous Weapon).

Mullen faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He also faces 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. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Brewer Police Department, the Holden Police Department, the Bangor Police Department, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine State Police, and the ATF investigated the case.  The Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office also assisted with the case.

The prosecution is part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. PSN is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community leaders and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. PSN is coordinated by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the 94 federal judicial districts throughout the 50 states and U.S. territories. PSN is customized to account for local violent crime problems and resources. Across all districts, PSN follows four key design elements of successful violent crime reduction initiatives: community engagement, prevention and intervention, focused and strategic enforcement, and accountability.

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

Updated February 10, 2022

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