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

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 8 Years for Illegally Possessing Firearm

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

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Lonnie Ball, 28, of Pennsylvania, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to 8 years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pled guilty on November 16, 2015.

According to court records, on January 29, 2015, Ball was found by police during a routine traffic stop in possession of a loaded .40 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number. Ball’s criminal history includes 2009 and 2012 convictions in Pennsylvania for Robbery and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

Judge Hornby stated that he imposed a lengthy sentence due to the “need to protect the public in light of the serious criminal history Mr. Ball has been accumulating.”

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

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