Parkman man pleads not guilty to federal gun charges

Michael Demaria
Michael Demaria
After tactical teams from the FBI and Maine State Police arrested Michael DeMaria of Parkman in the Dover-Foxcroft District Court parking lot Tuesday afternoon, May 17, 2011 on federal charges involving possession of a fireams, FBI agents finished up a search of DeMaria's pickup truck. The truck was later impounded.
Diana Bowley | BDN
After tactical teams from the FBI and Maine State Police arrested Michael DeMaria of Parkman in the Dover-Foxcroft District Court parking lot Tuesday afternoon, May 17, 2011 on federal charges involving possession of a fireams, FBI agents finished up a search of DeMaria's pickup truck. The truck was later impounded.
Posted June 24, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Parkman resident who police say refused to surrender all of his firearms to state and federal authorities after being issued a protection from abuse order pleaded not guilty Friday morning in U.S. District Court to federal gun charges.

Michael J. DeMaria, 43, was indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury for possessing seven guns between Dec. 28 and Jan. 1 while being an unlawful user of and addicted to marijuana. He also was indicted for possessing two other guns between May 18 and June 5 in violation of a protection from abuse order.

In addition, the indictment requires that DeMaria forfeit the guns to the U.S. Department of Justice if he is convicted.

A tentative trial date of Aug. 1 was set Friday.

DeMaria, who was arrested May 17 outside Dover-Foxcroft District Court while on his way to a divorce hearing, is being held without bail while awaiting trial. Originally, he was released on May 25 on $5,000 unsecured bond.

He was arrested on June 6 for allegedly violating his bail conditions after a person identified in court documents as a “concerned citizen” told police DeMaria had told him he was looking for a buyer for two AR-15 assault rifles and a Taurus .45-caliber handgun.

Working with the FBI, the concerned citizen learned that DeMaria had hidden disassembled guns on a neighbor’s property, according to court documents.

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

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