BANGOR, Maine — A Parkman resident who refused to surrender all of his firearms to state and federal authorities after being issued a protection from abuse order pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to federal gun charges.
Michael J. DeMaria, 44, pleaded guilty to two charges: possession of firearms in violation of a protection from abuse order, which is in effect until January 2013, and being in possession of a firearm while addicted to marijuana.
DeMaria originally was to plead guilty to the charges on Feb. 7 but told U.S. District Judge John Woodock that he was not feeling well that day and need a continuance. Woodcock accepted DeMaria’s pleas Tuesday.
A sentencing date is not expected to be set until after a pre-sentencing report is completed by U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services. Completion of the report usually takes between six and eight weeks.
The weapons and ammunition were found hidden in the walls of DeMaria’s residence as well as disassembled and in buckets hidden on a neighbor’s property. Much of the ammunition was found in a shed on DeMaria’s property.
DeMaria was prohibited from having guns and ammunition after his wife obtained a protection from abuse order on Dec. 28, 2010, from Dover-Foxcroft District Court. She and other family members told investigators that DeMaria smoked marijuana “all day, every day,” according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty.
By pleading guilty, DeMaria agreed to forfeit a dozen guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Guns and ammunition forfeited in a federal criminal case are turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service and destroyed.
DeMaria was arrested May 17 outside Dover-Foxcroft District Court while on his way to a divorce hearing. He was released on May 25 on $5,000 unsecured bond.
He was arrested again 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. DeMaria has been held without bail since then.
Working with the FBI, the concerned citizen learned that DeMaria had hidden disassembled guns on a neighbor’s property, according to court documents.
All those items were recovered, the documents said.
DeMaria faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the terms of his plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, DeMaria waived his right to appeal to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston unless his sentence is longer than three years and one month. The time he has been held without bail would be applied to his sentence.