Parkman man pleads not guilty to federal gun charges

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
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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