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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Maine

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Thomas E. Delahanty II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Jody Mullis

Waterville Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Illegally Possessing Ammunition

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Brian Mulkern, 35, of Waterville, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of ammunition. He pled guilty on August 14, 2015.

According to court records, on August 26, 2014, Mulkern was apprehended by police in Winthrop, Maine while in possession of 10 rounds of 9-millimeter ammunition.  The defendant stole this ammunition during the course of a day-time burglary. An 11-year-old girl was in the home at the time of the burglary. The defendant was captured by local police at the scene of the burglary with the ammunition in his backpack. He told police that he tried to steal a handgun located in a safe in the home during the burglary.  He was unable to open the safe.  Mulkern was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to past felony convictions in Maine state courts for burglary, robbery and drug trafficking. He faced an enhanced sentence because Judge Woodcock found him to be an Armed Career Criminal due to his past drug trafficking and violent felony convictions.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Winthrop Police Department.

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