Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jerome
Hudson, 44, of Lewiston, Maine, and formerly of Danvers, Massachusetts, was sentenced
yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge Jon D. Levy to 18 years in prison and five years of
supervised release for being a felon in possession of ammunition. Hudson pleaded guilty to the
charge on June 11, 2014.
Court records and evidence presented at the sentencing hearing reveal that on January 13,
2014, Hudson was living in a Lewiston townhouse apartment with his girlfriend and her young
children. Shortly before 8:00a.m., he got into an argument with the father of those children when
the father arrived to help them get on the school bus, as he did daily. Hudson retrieved a 9 mm
handgun from the apartment, ran outside, chased and fired multiple shots at the father as nearby
school children began filing outside to catch their bus. Hudson then fled the scene on foot.
A search of Hudson’s bedroom revealed a safe containing 38 rounds of ammunition,
some of which matched that used to shoot at the father. Hudson hid from the police for several
hours in a neighbor’s townhouse. He was captured three hours after the shooting. He refused to
tell investigators where the handgun was hidden and it remains unrecovered.
As a result of prior convictions for drug trafficking offenses and violent felonies in
Massachusetts between 1997 and 2005, Hudson was subject to an enhanced sentence as an
Armed Career Criminal requiring a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison.
Judge Levy said that his main focus in imposing the lengthy sentence was the need to
protect the public from further crimes by Hudson.
The investigation was conducted by the Lewiston Police Department, the Central Maine
Violent Crime Task Force and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.