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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Norway Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearms

Contact: Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Stephen Bean, 55, of Norway, Maine pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to possessing firearms after being convicted of a felony offense.

According to court records, on November 21, 2015, Maine Game Wardens encountered Bean hunting with two other men in the Paris, Maine area.  The other men were carrying a shotgun and a rifle both belonging to and provided by Bean. The weapons were seized. A search of Bean’s residence on January 7, 2016 resulted in the seizure of another shotgun and rifle. Bean was prohibited from possessing firearms as the result of a 2005 felony conviction for operating after revocation in Maine state court.

Bean 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 case was investigated by the Maine Warden Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Updated June 13, 2016