BANGOR, Maine — A Presque Isle native who skipped bail and fled to Kentucky was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 10 years in federal prison on a gun charge.
Matthew Lucas Ayotte, 34, of Bangor admitted stealing a .45-caliber Hi-Point pistol and ammunition Feb. 12, 2011, from a Bangor apartment.
When the gun owner notified Bangor police the gun and bullets were missing, he also reported the theft of two 12-ounce cans of Budweiser, according to court documents.
Ayotte was charged in federal court April 4, 2011, on one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a firearm and ammunition after being convicted of a domestic violence crime and possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition.
He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail on May 6, 2011, but fled to Kentucky the following month. A warrant was issued for his arrest June 18, 2011, when he did not appear in federal court in Bangor.
Ayotte was arrested Aug. 28, 2011, in western Kentucky. He appeared the following day in federal court in Louisville, according to court document. Ayotte has been held without bail since then.
The circumstances surrounding Ayotte’s arrest in the Blue Grass State are not included in court documents.
In a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession. The other two charges were dismissed Friday at Ayotte’s sentencing.
Because Ayotte had at least three previous convictions for violent felony offenses, he was subject to an enhanced sentence of up to life in prison as an armed career criminal, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday in a press release.
In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Ayotte to five years of supervised release.
Ayotte’s convictions in state court include: gross sexual assault in September 1998 in Aroostook County; assault in December 2005 in Penobscot County; assault on an officer in 2007 in Penobscot County; and domestic violence assault in 2008 in Penobscot County, according to documents filed in federal court in Bangor.