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Houlton Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearms

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that John Martin, 39, of Houlton, Maine pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to illegally possessing firearms. 

According to court records, between October and December 2016, the defendant purchased three pistols and two rifles from a business in Maine. On July 26, 2017, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence and officers seized one of the rifles. The defendant was prohibited from possessing firearms because of an April 2016 conviction in Maine for misdemeanor domestic violence assault.

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 investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Houlton Police Department.  This case is brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative that brings together federal, state and local law enforcement to combat gun crime. PSN Maine uses a targeted enforcement strategy for offenders who have prior domestic violence convictions. 


Jody Mullis
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated February 23, 2018

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