May 25, 2018
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Van Buren man pleads guilty to theft at St. John Valley gun shop

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR — A Van Buren man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to stealing guns from a St. John Valley gun shop last year and possessing guns while being addicted to illegal drugs, according to court documents.

Jesse Boucher, 19, faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.

He was indicted on March 12 by a federal grand jury, pleaded guilty, and was released on bail. Boucher will remain free until his case is resolved.

A sentencing date has not been set.

By pleading guilty, Boucher admitted that late on Sept. 4 or early on Sept. 5, 2009, he kicked in the back door of Ouellette’s Trading Post on Champlain Street in Van Buren. He also told investigators that he kicked in the glass of a display case, removed seven guns, put them in a shopping bag and ran home.

Boucher, according to court documents, told police he later threw four of the guns in the St. John River near buildings owned by Van Buren Water District, but kept two to trade or sell for drugs.


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