Federal jury finds Swanville man guilty of illegally possessing guns

Posted April 22, 2013, at 7:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury found a Swanville man guilty on a gun charge Friday after a two-day trial, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

John T. Hines, 46, was convicted of firearm possession by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, according to a press release issued by federal prosecutors.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Hines remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to information posted on the court’s Electronic Case Filing system.

The defendant was prohibited from having guns due to a domestic violence assault conviction in September 2011 in Belfast District Court.

Hines was charged in federal court after two Waldo County Sheriff’s Office deputies in March 2012 went to Hines’ home to investigate a neighbor’s complaint that gunshots had been fired on his property, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Hines had a loaded revolver, two rifles and a shotgun in his possession.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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