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Pittsfield Man Sentenced to Three Years on Firearms Charges

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Steven P. Springer II, 26, of Pittsfield, Maine, was sentenced today by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to 36 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for providing false information during the purchase of firearms.  Springer pleaded guilty on May 29, 2018.

According to court records, on February 22, 2015, Springer purchased a Kel-Tec PF9 semi-automatic pistol from a federally licensed firearms dealer.  In connection with the purchase, Springer completed a Firearms Transaction Record form in which he falsely reported that he was the actual purchaser of the firearm.  On February 24, 2015, Springer purchased two Kel-Tec P11 pistols from another federally licensed dealer, again falsely reporting on the form that he was the actual purchaser of the firearms.  On both occasions, Springer was buying the firearms for another individual who was prohibited from purchasing them.

The case was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case is 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.


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

Updated October 31, 2018

Firearms Offenses