PORTLAND, Maine — A 28-year-old Massachusetts man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Portland.
Jermaine Whindleton, also known as “Sin,” formerly of Worcester, Massachusetts, also was ordered by Judge Nancy Torresen to undergo five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said Wednesday in a news release.
Whindleton was convicted of the federal charge on April 9 after a two-day jury trial.
According to trial evidence and court documents, Whindleton was convicted of felony drug and assault charges in Massachusetts in 2009. Several years earlier, he also had been convicted of felony drug and assault charges in New York, Delahanty said.
On June 12, 2012, Whindleton used a Mossberg 16 gauge pump-action shotgun in Porter to assault a drug associate by striking him on the back of his head with the firearm’s butt end during an argument over a drug debt owed to Whindleton.
As a result of prior convictions, Whindleton was subject to an enhanced sentence as an armed career criminal requiring a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison.
The investigation that led to Whindleton’s conviction in Maine was conducted by the Maine State Police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.