Bay State man found guilty of firearms charge

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 08, 2009, at 1:49 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Massachusetts man who with two others tried in October 2007 to buy guns illegally at a downtown pawnshop has been found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A federal jury convicted Levar Carey, 26, of Brockton, Mass., Wednesday at the end of a two-day trial in U.S. District Court.

Carey faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

A sentencing date has not been set. He will continue to be held without bail until his case is resolved.

Carey, James Damon, 22, of North Easton, Mass., and Christopher Riley, 25, of Brockton, Mass., were indicted in August by a federal grand jury for conspiring to make false statements in the acquisition of firearms, aiding and abetting the making of false statements in the acquisition of firearms and being felons in possession of firearms.

The men are prohibited from buying or possessing firearms because of felony convictions on drug and other charges in Massachusetts.

The conspiracy and aiding and abetting charges against Carey were dropped shortly before the trial. Damon pleaded guilty in December to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Damon is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Bangor. Under his plea agreement with prosecutors, the other charges will be dropped after he is sentenced.

The Maine case against Riley was combined with charges filed in U.S. District Court in Boston. Last month, he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and is scheduled to be sentenced in July. Under his plea agreement with prosecutors, the other charges will be dropped after he is sentenced.

The men, according to court documents, made frequent trips from Massachusetts to Maine. They told Katrina Wickett, 23, of Bangor that they wanted to sell drugs in Maine, according to a pretrial brief filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bangor.

Wickett, according to court documents, agreed to buy three pistols from Frati’s Pawn Shop on State Street in Bangor for the men, the brief said. She paid more than $1,000 for the three pistols on Oct. 11, 2007, according to court documents, and falsely stated that she was purchasing the guns for herself.

She has pleaded guilty to making a false statement on an application to purchase firearms. Wickett’s sentencing date has not been set. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Wickett was not a witness at Carey’s trial, according to a list of witnesses filed in federal court.

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