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Pittsfield Man Sentenced to Two Years for Conspiring to Violate the Federal 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, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to violate the federal firearms laws.  The defendant pled guilty on February 25, 2019.

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

The case was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police; the Newport and Pittsfield (Maine) Police Departments; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and 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 July 29, 2019

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