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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maine

For Immediate Release

June 20, 2013

Thomas E. Delahanty II, United States Attorney

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee, Public Information Officer
(207) 771-3227

York Man Sentenced to 2 Years on Firearm Charges

Portland, Maine — United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Justin Burleigh, 27, of York, Maine, was sentenced today in United States District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to 2 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm by a drug addict and possession of a stolen firearm. Burleigh pled guilty to the charges on February 28, 2013.

Court records show that on February 14, 2012, Burleigh burglarized a residence in Shapleigh, Maine, stealing, among other things, a Glock .40 cal. pistol. About a week later, following another burglary in the area, police discovered fresh footprints in the snow leading from the site of the burglary to a nearby residence. Police searched this residence, found numerous items of stolen property, and learned that the people residing at the residence were using and distributing heroin. Burleigh was present at the time of this search and admitted stealing the firearm, being addicted to heroin, and trading the firearm for drugs shortly after he stole it.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Maine State Police; and the York County Sheriff’s Office.