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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maine

For Immediate Release

September 24, 2013

Thomas E. Delahanty II, United States Attorney

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
(207) 771-3227

Philadelphia Man Sentenced to Over 15 Years on Federal Firearms Charge

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today Mark Brown, age 37, formerly of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in U. S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby, to 188 months imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of firearms. Brown pled guilty to the charge on May 30, 2013.

According to court records, in January 2013, Brown purchased two firearms, a rifle and a pistol, in a private sale at his Lewiston, Maine apartment building. Three days later, Brown had an argument with an ex-girlfriend at the apartment building and threatened her and other members of her family, including small children, with the recently purchased rifle.

According to Pennsylvania court records, Brown had previously been convicted of four felony drug offenses. As a result of his prior convictions, Brown was subject to an enhanced sentence as an Armed Career Criminal exposing him to a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Central Maine Violent Crime Task Force and the Lewiston Police Department.