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Bangor man police say caused July 4 standoff pleads guilty to federal gun charge

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Perrin Oliver
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The local man accused of causing an Independence Day standoff downtown that led to the rerouting of the annual Fourth of July parade pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to a gun charge.

Perrin Q. Oliver, 44, of Bangor pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition before U.S. District Judge George Singal, according to information posted to the court’s electronic case filing system.

A sentencing date has not been set.

By pleading guilty, Oliver, who is a native of Detroit, Mich., admitted possessing a Rossi .38 caliber revolver and a Sig Sauer .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol, according to the prosecution version of the offense to which he pleaded guilty. Information about what led up to the standoff was not outlined in documents filed in federal court.

Oliver had the revolver in his front waistband when he was arrested, the court document said. The pistol was found in a safe in his apartment.

He was prohibited from having guns due to a 2008 conviction in New York for illegally possessing a weapon, the prosecution version said.

Oliver originally was 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. Oliver allegedly fired 70 rounds of ammunition in his Park Street apartment and through the window. He pleaded not guilty Oct. 23 to the federal charge.

No one was hurt in the standoff.

The Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office in September turned Oliver’s case over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the potential sentence would be more severe in federal rather than state court, according to a previously published report.

“The most serious charge we would have arising from the July 4 shooting was reckless conduct, a Class C felony, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison,” Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County, said in October. “Because of his criminal history, the defendant faces a longer sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines.”

Oliver faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the federal charge.

Bangor police received a call at 8:30 a.m. July 4 reporting a man firing shots out of a second-floor apartment window in a building at 47 Park St., then-Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said after Oliver was arrested.

Police negotiated for two hours and finally used tear gas to get Oliver out of the building, according to a previously published report.

The Fourth of July Parade that typically proceeds through the area police taped off was rerouted down Water Street.

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