June 18, 2018
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Canaan man gets 2 years in federal prison on gun, pot charges

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Canaan man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison on gun and drug charges.

Richard Graf, 56, pleaded guilty June 10 to one count each of possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun and manufacturing marijuana. In a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute was dismissed at sentencing.

Graf was arrested in April 2011 by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office at his home, according to court documents. Deputies found more than a pound of processed marijuana and 68 plants in various stages of growth. They also found the sawed-off shotgun and 11 other guns, many of which were loaded.

The Canaan man was indicted two months later by a federal grand jury. Graf was released on public recognizance bail in June 2011.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Graf to three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. Woodcock ordered Graf begin serving his sentence immediately.

Graf faced up to 10 years in federal prison on the gun charge and up to five years in prison on the drug charge. He faced fines of up to $250,000 on each charge.

The case was investigated by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


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