May 25, 2018
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Indian Island man sentenced to more than 4 years for sawed-off shotgun

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An Indian Island man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to four years and three months in federal prison for having an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.

Matthew Green, 24, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

He pleaded guilty to the charge in federal court in Bangor on Nov. 8. Green surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Service in Bangor about two weeks earlier to begin earning time toward his sentence.

The gun charge was filed as a result of a domestic dispute June 7, 2011, that brought an Indian Island police officer to a house where Green lived, according to a press release issued Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A sawed-off shotgun, which was not connected to the domestic violence incident, was found in a shed behind the house.

Green served 90 days in the Penobscot County Jail for his conviction on a domestic violence assault charge.

Under federal law, it is illegal to possess a firearm with a barrel length of less than 18 inches and an overall length of less than 26 inches unless the firearm is registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, the press release said.

Green faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, the recommended sentence was between four years and three months and five years and three months, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Lowell, who prosecuted the case.

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