A 35-year-old Caribou man faces a lengthy prison term after pleading guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. 

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Court records show that on May 23, 2014, George LaCasse arranged for another person to purchase a 9mm pistol for him from Ben’s Trading Post in Presque Isle.  LaCasse was at the store when the firearm was purchased and witnesses saw him with the pistol, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

Investigators said LaCasse admitted to others that he had a gun.  Federal agents also recovered 9mm casings and other evidence that  he had used the firearm for target practice.  LaCasse was prohibited from possessing firearms because he had felony convictions in Massachusetts in 2009.

LaCasse faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Caribou and Presque Isle Police Departments.