June 23, 2018
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Whiting guilty in federal gun case

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury Wednesday deliberated for three hours before finding a Whiting man guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mark McCurdy, 51, according to court documents, was found to have a rifle when Washington County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence complaint on March 27, 2006.

McCurdy was prevented from possessing guns because he had been convicted in state court of robbery in 1983.

He was indicted on the charge by a federal grand jury in November 2006 and pleaded guilty to it the next October. In an unusual procedural move, U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock, who presided over McCurdy’s three-day trial, allowed him to withdraw his guilty plea after his entire criminal history was learned.

In May, the judge ruled that when McCurdy entered his guilty plea he believed that he would face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison. After the extent of McCurdy’s criminal history was learned, he faced a minimum of 15 years and a maximum sentence of life — the same sentence he faces now that a jury has found him guilty.

A sentencing date has not been set.

McCurdy remains free on $10,000 bail but is under house arrest unless he is working.



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