Illegal gun buy gets man jail time

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 12, 2009, at 10:17 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Connecticut man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to a year and a day in prison for illegally buying a gun in Maine.

Isaiah “Zeke” Benton, 26, of New Haven, Conn., also was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock to three years of supervised release after he completes his sentence.

Benton pleaded guilty on Sept. 17 to conspiracy to make false statements in the acquisition of firearms and aiding and abetting the transfer of a firearm to an out-of-state resident.

He faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the conspiracy charge alone. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, Benton’s recommended sentence was between 12 and 18 months.

Benton, according to court documents, asked his then-girlfriend, Danielle Saucier, 35, of Old Town, to buy a gun for him at Maine Military Supply in Brewer in July 2007. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he told her that he did not have identification and needed a firearm for his protection in Connecticut.

He gave Saucier $300 to purchase a gun for him and described the type and caliber of firearm he wanted — a 9 mm pistol, the press release said.

Five days after Saucier purchased the gun for Benton, a New Haven, Conn., police officer stopped a car in which Benton was riding, according to the press release. The same 9 mm pistol that was purchased in Maine was found in the car.

Saucier was sentenced in October to three years of probation, including 180 days of home confinement after pleading guilty to making a false statement in acquisition of a firearm. A hearing to revoke her probation was held last month, according to information posted on the court’s electronic case filing system. Information on the results of that hearing was not available.

Saucier and Benton met while he was attending a postsecondary school in Bangor, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bangor.

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