June 24, 2018
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Man accused of Fourth of July standoff in Bangor pleads not guilty to federal gun charge

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The man accused of creating a standoff with police in downtown Bangor on the Fourth of July appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday morning to be arraigned on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Perrin Q. Oliver, 44, of Bangor pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was indicted earlier this month.

He allegedly fired 70 rounds of ammunition from his second-story Park Street apartment on the morning of July 4. Shots were fired inside the building and out of the window into the streets.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk accepted the plea and ordered pretrial motions due by Nov. 6 with the case on the trial list for Dec. 3.

On the morning of the shooting, the area was evacuated and members of Bangor’s Special Response Team shot tear gas into the apartment above Luna’s Bar and Grill at about 12:15 p.m.

Oliver was arrested in the hallway as he fled, according to a previously published report.

Officers took a Rossi .38 special revolver into evidence, according to documents filed in federal court. He is also accused of possessing a Sig Sauer .38 semi-automatic handgun, according to the indictment.

Oliver was prohibited from having guns due to a 2008 conviction in Brooklyn, N.Y., for criminal possession of a weapon, a felony in that state. He was sentenced to five years of probation for that crime.

He was also convicted in a North Carolina superior court in April 2007 for manufacturing, selling or delivering, or possessing with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, a controlled substance, a felony in that state.

In September, the Penobscot County district attorney’s office dismissed three charges against Oliver after he was charged in federal court. He was originally charged at the Penobscot Judicial Center with felony reckless conduct with a firearm, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The most serious crime Oliver faced in state court, a Class C felony, carried a maximum penalty of five years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

If convicted in federal court, Oliver faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Oliver will remain in Somerset County Jail in Madison.

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