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Sanford Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges

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

Contact: Jody Mullis
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that William Klingensmith, 46, of Sanford, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to possession of firearms by a prohibited person.  

According to court records, Klingensmith possessed eleven firearms at different times between February and July 2015.  He used two of them for target shooting at a range in Fairfield and had nine of them hanging on the wall of his former residence in Waterville. He was prohibited from possessing them because in 2010 he was convicted in Maine of domestic violence assault, a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

The defendant faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

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

Updated August 4, 2016

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