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Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number

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

Bangor, Maine:  A Bangor-area man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Bangor to possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

According to court records, on December 14, 2018, Bangor police officers responded to a local homeless shelter to investigate a report that staff members had discovered a firearm in a resident’s belongings. The resident, Tykell Jones, 20, admitted to possessing the firearm, a Taurus 9 mm pistol, and acknowledged that the serial number had been obliterated at the time he purchased the pistol in a private sale.

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

The Bangor Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.


Joel B. Casey
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated January 7, 2020

Firearms Offenses