Lewiston felon gets 20-month prison sentence for carrying shotgun in pillowcase through downtown

Posted July 09, 2013, at 7:40 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Lewiston man will spend 20 months in prison and three years under supervision after his release for having a firearm when he was a convicted felon.

Daniel Fowler, 35, pleaded guilty on March 21, 2012, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. Fowler was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal in Portland on Tuesday.

According to the Justice Department, Lewiston police officers on a downtown foot patrol July 12, 2012, saw Fowler running and carrying what appeared to be a bag with the barrel of a gun sticking out.

The officers shouted for Fowler to stop, but he refused and continued to run away. After a foot chase and brief struggle, Fowler was arrested and police confiscated a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in a pillowcase along with several rounds of ammunition. Fowler was a convicted felon at the time.

The release does not state what that prior felony was.