Old Town Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Short-Barreled Shotgun

BANGOR, Maine: An Old Town man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Bangor to possessing an unregistered firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.

According to court records, on September 8, 2020, Stephen Warren, 37, was pulled over by the Old Town Police. He was issued a summons for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and served with a protection order. Warren was told not to operate his car due to his suspended license. He ignored this order, however, and drove away from the area. Officers attempted to stop him again, but he failed to stop and a brief pursuit occurred before he was eventually stopped and arrested.

A subsequent inventory search of Warren’s car revealed a short-barreled shotgun without a serial number that was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR). Federal law prohibits the possession of a weapon made from a shotgun, if the modified weapon has a barrel less than 18 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches, unless that weapon is registered to the possessor in the NFRTR.

Warren faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Old Town Police Department investigated the case.

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