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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Maine

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Halsey B. Frank
, United States Attorney
Contact: Joel B. Casey

Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number

BANGOR, Maine: A Bangor-area man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Bangor to possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

According to court records, on December 14, 2018, Bangor police officers responded to a local homeless shelter to investigate a report that staff members had discovered a firearm in a resident’s belongings. The resident, Tykell Jones, 20, admitted to possessing the firearm, a Taurus 9 mm pistol, and acknowledged that the serial number had been obliterated at the time he purchased the pistol in a private sale.

Jones faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The Bangor Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.


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