Swanville Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Law
Contact: Jim Moore
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that John T. Hines, 50, of Swanville, Maine pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to unlawfully possessing four firearms.
According to court records and evidence adduced at a trial in April 2013, two Waldo County Sheriff’s deputies went to the defendant’s residence to investigate a neighbor’s complaint of hearing gunfire coming from the property and found Hines in possession of a loaded .357 Ruger revolver, two rifles and a shotgun. Hines was prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearms because he had previously been convicted of domestic violence assault, a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Hines faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. 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 Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.