BANGOR, Maine — A New Sharon man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 27 months in federal prison for possessing 19 stolen firearms, including six semi-automatic rifles, five semi-automatic pistols and numerous shotguns.
In addition to prison time, Briscoe was sentenced to three years of supervised release, according to a press release issued by the U.S. attorney’s office.
All of the firearms were recovered, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Moore, who prosecuted the case, said after Briscoe was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock.
Briscoe waived indictment and pleaded guilty in October 2012 to possessing firearms known to be stolen.
By pleading guilty, Briscoe admitted that he broke into the home of a Jay man on Jan. 26, 2012, stole the firearms, a chainsaw, a laptop computer and other items. The homeowner report the burglary and theft the next day, according to the prosecution version of the offense to which Briscoe pleaded guilty.
Briscoe appears to have been identified as a suspect early in the investigation. His home was searched after the victim told police he had sent a text message to Briscoe’s girlfriend the previous evening, saying he would be working overnight.
At the home of Briscoe’s girlfriend, officers recovered guns from a closet, under a mattress, under a bed and in a nightstand, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty. The victim’s chainsaw was found in a pickup truck owned by Briscoe’s girlfriend.
Briscoe was arrested Jan. 27, 2012, according to court documents.
Charges of burglary and theft are pending against Briscoe in Franklin County, Moore said.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jay Police Department.
U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II in the press release praised the cooperative effort of ATF agents and Jay police officers for the swift recovery of the guns which prevented them from being used in other criminal activity.
Briscoe had faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.