A 35-year-old Caribou man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor to nearly 3 years in federal prison for 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.

LaCasse was prohibited from possessing firearms because he had felony convictions in Massachusetts in 2009.

Investigators said LaCasse admitted to others that he had a gun. Federal agents also recovered 9mm casings and other evidence indicating he had used the firearm for target practice.

LaCasse pleaded guilty in April. He was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 35 months in prison and three years of supervised release for unlawful possession of firearms.