Franklin County man sentenced to 41 months on federal gun charge

Posted May 29, 2012, at 5:39 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Franklin County man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 41 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for possession of three sawed-off shotguns, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced.

Joseph Smith, 66, of Township 6 pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 1, 2011.

Court records reveal that in September 2010, Smith possessed three firearms made from shotguns with barrel lengths of less than 18 inches that were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The firearms were discovered during the execution of a state search warrant at Smith’s camp in Franklin County, according to a press release issued by the U.S. attorney’s office.

The investigation was conducted jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.