A 31-year-old Glenburn, Maine man pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

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According to court records, on November 13, 2014, law enforcement officers recovered a 12-gauge shotgun in the attic of Jonathan Gardiner’s residence and a 9-mm pistol on the ground behind the residence. Forensic testing revealed that the defendant held both firearms. Gardiner was prohibited from possessing firearms because of Maine felony convictions for burglary, aggravated assault, theft by unlawful use of property, and drug trafficking.

If Gardiner is found to be an armed career criminal, he faces an enhanced sentence of between 15 years and life in prison, five 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 Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory.