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Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Violate Firearms Laws

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Ethan Rumery, 24, of Pittsfield, Maine, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to conspiring to violate federal firearms laws. 

According to court records, between February 2015 and September 2016, Rumery conspired with others to fraudulently obtain firearms from federally licensed dealers.  When buying the firearms, Rumery and his conspirators falsely reported that they were the actual purchasers of the firearms, when, in fact, the firearms were purchased for individuals residing outside of Maine.  

Rumery faces up to 5 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 case was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


Chris Ruge
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated February 26, 2019

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