ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Hancock County man with an extensive criminal history has been sentenced to serve more than three years in prison after recently pleading guilty to firearms and drug charges, according to court records.
Justin W. Pinkham, 24, of Ellsworth pleaded guilty last month to charges of having a shotgun and pistol in his possession, even though he had a prior felony conviction, and of selling heroin from his Bucksport Road apartment. He was sentenced to serve 40 months in prison with none of the time suspended for the drug trafficking conviction. He also was ordered to serve an 18-month concurrent sentence for being convicted of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Pinkham’s criminal history dates back to when he was 14 years old. Other crimes for which he has been convicted over the past decade include multiple counts of theft, burglary and violating conditions of release; allowing minors to consume liquor, cultivating marijuana, criminal trespass and possession of hypodermic apparatuses.
According to police, the firearms possession conviction stems from an incident this past January in which police responded to a complaint about a possible domestic situation at Pinkham’s apartment. Pinkham, who in 2012 was convicted of a felony charge of trafficking in prison contraband, was accused of pointing a shotgun in a woman’s face.
Police responded to the Bucksport Road apartment and, after speaking to the woman and to Pinkham, got Pinkham’s consent to search the apartment for firearms. Inside, they found a Mossberg pump-action 12-gauge shotgun and a CZ 52 pistol, according to court documents.
The weapons were seized, and Pinkham was arrested on a charge of possession of firearms by a prohibited person.
Four days later, on Jan. 31, Pinkham made bail and was released. He continued living at the Bucksport apartment until early March, when agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency orchestrated a controlled buy of heroin from Pinkham at the apartment.
Police documented the purchase of four packages of heroin from Pinkham and then obtained a search warrant for the property. When executing the search warrant, police found 5.7 grams of heroin and $1,206 in cash, of which $680 was in bills that exchanged hands in the transactions orchestrated by MDEA, court documents indicate.
In addition to serving 40 months behind bars, Pinkham was ordered to pay a $400 fine and $480 in restitution to MDEA.