Hampden couple indicted on federal gun charges

Posted March 26, 2011, at 1:36 p.m.
Last modified March 27, 2011, at 4:21 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A grand jury has indicted a Hampden man and woman for violating federal gun laws.

Troy Bryant, 35, and Terra Whalen, 25, each were indicted on charges of possession of stolen firearms and possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of controlled substances.

Bryant also was indicted for being in possession of firearms by a person previously convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence while Whalen was indicted for possession of a firearm by a felon.

The indictments were filed on March 17 and alleged the two illegally possessed guns in November. Both are being held without bail pending the outcome of their cases.

Bryant was forbidden from possessing firearms due to a 2005 conviction in Penobscot County for an assault on his former live-in girlfriend, according to the indictment.

Because of a conviction the same year in Waldo County for a felony assault on a police officer, Whalen was forbidden from having firearms.

Bryant is scheduled to plead not guilty to the charges Monday in U.S. District Court. On Friday, Whalen pleaded not guilty to the indictment.

Bryant came to the attention of law enforcement on Feb. 9 when a Bangor police officer approached the Hampden man on Third Street in Bangor because he was wearing light clothing during very cold weather, according to court documents. The officer recognized Bryant as a suspect in a series of residential burglaries and arrested him.

Information about whether Bryant has been charged with burglary in Penobscot County was not available Friday. He has not been indicted this year by the grand jury, according to information in the Bangor Daily News archives.

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

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