Calais man pleads guilty to gun charge

Posted July 23, 2008, at 12 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2011, at 11:49 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine&nbsp- A Calais man waived indictment and pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a gun charge.

Bruce Thibeault, 34, faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for transferring a firearm to a nonresident.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Thibeault admitted that he told an undercover Canadian investigator he could get a gun in the United States if a Maine resident purchased it for him, according to court documents.

It is illegal for a resident of one state or country to sell a gun to a resident of another state or country unless licensed to do so.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police cooperated in the investigation that led to the charge against Thibeault.

Thibeault, according to court documents, was working on May 30, 2007, at the gun counter at Johnson’ s True Value Hardware in Calais when an RCMP agent spoke with him about handguns available for sale.

By pleading guilty, Thibeault admitted he told the Canadian man he “needed to have someone ‘ on this side’ purchase the gun for him,” according to court documents.

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