Portland man to spend 21 months in jail on gun charge

Posted Jan. 18, 2013, at 5:23 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man will spend the next 21 months behind bars for illegally possessing a firearm.

Jason Lee Morrill, 32, a convicted felon since 2003, had purchased a Taurus 9mm pistol in May from a man he met through Uncle Henry’s online classified system, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty. Moments after Morrill purchased the firearm, while still in the parking lot where the sale occurred, he sold it to an acquaintance with New York City connections for $100, Delahanty said in a press release.

Morrill was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Delahanty said.

Following his release from jail, Morrill will be under supervised release for three years, according to Delahanty.

On June 13, the NYC Joint Firearms Task Force reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in Portland that the gun was recovered in the Bronx near the scene of a shooting involving NYPD officers, Delahanty said. No suspect had been identified as possessing the weapon.

Police arrested Morrill on July 13 after an investigation traced the weapon back to him.

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