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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Maine

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Halsey B. Frank
, United States Attorney
Contact: Darcie N. McElwee

Buxton Man Sentenced to Nearly Six Years for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Michael Crockett, Jr., 35, of Buxton, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a felon. Crockett pleaded guilty on March 11, 2019.

According to court documents, on April 1, 2018, Crockett possessed and discharged a nine millimeter pistol in the direction of an occupied vehicle parked in his driveway in Buxton. Standing outside the vehicle at the time was a 15-year-old minor female, who reported that she had been in an abusive and sexual relationship with Crockett since she was 14 years old.

Because Crockett was convicted of a felony crime of drug trafficking in the York County Superior Court in Alfred in May 2006, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law. Several witnesses reported having regularly seen Crockett with a firearm, including one who said he used it to threaten her.

In imposing the sentence, Judge Singal varied upward from the applicable guideline range of 46–57 months, noting that the defendant had engaged in numerous examples of uncontrollable behavior and was unable to abide by the law.

This case was investigated by the Buxton and Kittery Police Departments, the York County District Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice's violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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