May 22, 2018
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Bangor man to serve two years on federal gun charges

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years in federal prison on gun charges.

James Christopher Smith, 28, of Bangor admitted he had gotten a friend to buy two guns for him, possessed the guns while he was addicted to drugs and sold a gun and ammunition to a New York man.

He also was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

Smith has been held without bail since his arrest on the federal charges in March. That time will be credited to his sentence.

He waived indictment and pleaded guilty in June to three counts — conspiracy to make a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a drug addict, and unlawful sale of a firearm to a nonresident of Maine.

In September 2007, Smith had a friend purchase two semi-automatic handguns from him in Brewer, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Smith paid the friend, who was not identified in the press release, $100 and a small amount of drugs for the guns.

During that time, Smith admitted when he pleaded guilty to the charges, he was addicted to crack cocaine. He also sold a .32-caliber revolver and ammunition to a man from New York, the press release said.

Smith was prohibited from having a gun due to a previous felony conviction, according to court documents.

He faced up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the conspiracy to purchase the guns and the sale of a gun to an out-of-state man. Smith faced up to 10 years in prison and the same fine for possession of a firearm by a drug addict.

Under the prevailing federal sentencing guideline range, Smith’s recommended sentence was between two and 2 ½ years in prison.

Smith also is facing charges in Penobscot County. He was indicted in April 2009 by the grand jury for aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, aggravated unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs and a criminal forfeiture.

That case is expected to be resolved Friday, March 11, at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor, Smith’s defense attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein of Bangor, said Friday. The plea agreement with prosecutors calls for Smith’s sentence on the state charges to be served concurrently with his two-year federal sentence.

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