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Norridgewock Man Sentenced to 70 Months on Gun and Ammunition Charges

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Vance Cayford, 47, of Norridgewock, Maine was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of ammunition and attempted possession of a firearm by a felon. The defendant pled guilty on November 3, 2017.

According to court records, on May 29, 2016, state troopers went to the defendant’s Norridgewock residence to investigate a domestic disturbance.  Soon after they arrived, the defendant ran toward one of the troopers and attempted unsuccessfully to take the trooper’s rifle.  During a search of Cayford’s residence, troopers recovered 92 rounds of .45-caliber ammunition.  The defendant was prohibited from possessing ammunition and firearms because of previous Maine felony convictions for domestic violence assault and illegal possession of a firearm.          

The investigation was conducted by the Maine State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.


F. Todd Lowell
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated May 15, 2018

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