June 21, 2018
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Hampden man sentenced for possessing stolen guns

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Hampden man who admitted possessing stolen firearms was sentenced Monday to three years and one month in prison during a hearing at U.S. District Court.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Troy Bryant, 35, to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

Bryant was one of two people who were indicted by a federal grand jury in March on charges of possession of stolen firearms and possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of controlled substances.

Bryant and his co-defendant, 25-year-old Terra Whalen, also of Hampden, each entered guilty pleas with federal prosecutors in May, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

In exchange for their pleading guilty to possessing stolen firearms, the charges of possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of controlled substances were dismissed.

Also dismissed as part of the agreement were several other charges filed against Bryant, including possession of firearms by a person previously convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

The indictments were filed on March 17 and alleged the two illegally possessed guns in November.

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

The federal gun charges stem from residential break-ins in November of last year in which several firearms were stolen, according court documents.

Bryant was arrested on the federal charges on Feb. 9 when a Bangor police officer approached him 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.

The two had faced maximum sentences of 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Whether Whalen has been sentenced couldn’t immediately be determined Monday afternoon.

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