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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Massachusetts Man Convicted of Federal Firearm Charge

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that
Jermaine Whindleton, 28, formerly of Worcester, Massachusetts, was found guilty yesterday in
U.S. District Court in Portland, following a two-day jury trial, of being a felon in possession of a
firearm.

According to trial evidence and court documents, in 2009, Whindleton was convicted in
Massachusetts of felony drug and assault charges. Several years earlier, he had also been
convicted in New York of felony drug and assault charges. On June 12, 2012, Whindleton used a
Mossberg 16 gauge pump-action shotgun in Porter, Maine to assault a drug associate by striking
him on the back of his head with the butt end of the firearm during an argument over a drug debt
owed to Whindleton.

Whindleton is subject to an enhanced sentence as an Armed Career Criminal. He faces a
mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. He will be
sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Maine State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Updated January 26, 2015