Lewiston felon sentenced to 40 months on gun charge

Posted Jan. 04, 2013, at 7:34 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 33-year-old convicted felon from Lewiston was sentenced in federal court to 40 months in prison for having a firearm.

Anthony Foster pled guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in September. U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Torresen handed down his sentence on Friday. The imprisonment will be followed by 3 years of supervised release, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

Foster, who also goes by “John Foster,” was arrested Aug. 2 after state and federal agents received information that Foster had a pistol, which he was showing off to several people inside an apartment building at 88 Bartlett St. in downtown Lewiston.

After Foster left the building, he was arrested and investigators found he had a Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol loaded with 18 rounds of ammunition, according to court records.

Delahanty said Foster is the first federally prosecuted case resulting from the start of Operation Hot Spot, a cooperative effort of local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies to stem violent crime, drug trafficking and prostitution in Lewiston’s downtown neighborhood. Operation Hot Spot is an initiative under Maine’s Project Safe Neighborhoods.

More than 60 arrests and summonses have resulted from Operation Hot Spot patrols, and 15 firearms have been recovered, according to the press release.

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