York man sentenced on firearm charges

Posted June 20, 2013, at 8:25 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 27-year-old York man was sentenced to two years in prison for firearms violations during a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Justin Burleigh pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm by a drug addict and possession of a stolen firearm in February, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said Thursday. Burleigh received his sentence during a hearing before U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby, he said.

Court records show that on Feb. 14, 2012, Burleigh burglarized a residence in Shapleigh, stealing, among other things, a Glock .40-caliber pistol.

About a week later, while investigating another burglary in the area, police discovered fresh footprints in the snow leading from the site of the burglary to a nearby residence, where police found a large cache of stolen goods as well as evidence that the people living there were using and distributing heroin.

Burleigh was at the residence while police were conducting a search and in an interview afterward, Burleigh told police that he lived there, court documents show. A heroin addict at that time, Burleigh also admitted to police that he committed the Feb. 14 burglary and that he had traded the Glock for drugs.