BANGOR, Maine — A Van Buren man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to two years and eight months in prison for stealing guns from a St. John Valley gun shop last year and possessing guns while being addicted to illegal drugs.
Jesse P. Boucher, 20, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after he completes his term in federal prison and was ordered to pay $3,491 in restitution.
After imposing the sentence, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock remanded Boucher, who has been free on $5,000 unsecured bail, to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence immediately.
The judge dismissed a charge of possession of stolen firearms against Boucher.
Boucher faced up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. He was indicted in March by a federal grand jury and pleaded guilty a short time later to the counts on which he was sentenced Thursday.
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.
When he was taken into custody on Sept. 13, Boucher was traveling south on Interstate 95 with his sister, who lives in Connecticut, according to court documents. He allegedly tried to dispose of Vicodin pills he had in his pockets.
Two of the stolen guns were found in his sister’s purse in the trunk of the car, according to court documents. Boucher said he had put the guns in her purse without her knowledge. She has not been charged in federal court in connection with the case.
Boucher, according to court documents, told police he later threw four of the guns into the St. John River near buildings owned by the Van Buren Water District but kept two to trade or sell for drugs.
Only two of the seven stolen guns were recovered, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case.