June 23, 2018
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Illegal gun-buying nets prison term

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An Alexander man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 31 months in prison for buying guns for a Canadian man.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock on Monday sentenced Kurt Carter, 42, to two years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

Charges against Carter and three other men were the result of a joint operation of agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It was designed to curtail the flow of guns into Canada from Maine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Carter, who worked at a Calais hardware store, admitted that be bought 18 guns in 2005 and 2006 for Andrew Porter, 34, of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Carter pleaded guilty on Sept. 24 to conspiracy to transfer a firearm to a nonresident.

Last month, Bruce Thibeault, 34, of Calais was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison and two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a fine of $2,000. He worked at the same hardware store in Calais where Carter worked.

Lawrence Sears, 63, of Perry was sentenced in August to 18 months in prison and two years of supervised release for buying guns for Porter.

Porter was sentenced in May to 31 months in prison and two years of supervised release.

Carter told investigators, according to court documents, that Porter paid him $30 to $40 for each gun.

All the men faced up to five years in federal prison and fines of up to $250,000.

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