Swan’s Island man sentenced on firearms charge

ELLSWORTH — A Swan’s Island man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. for illegally possessing firearms and ammunition.

Woodcock ordered Shaun G. Lemoine, 36, to serve seven years in prison and three years of supervised release. Lemoine had pleaded guilty to the charge on March 17, 2015.

Court records reveal that on Jan. 24, 2014, the Swan’s Island Police Department executed a warrant at Lemoine’s home and seized two firearms and 48 rounds of ammunition, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

Lemoine was prohibited from possessing these items because of prior federal gun convictions as well as felony Maine convictions in Maine for burglary and theft, Delahanty said.

“Prior to this sentencing, the defendant had been jailed over a half-dozen times, including being sentenced three times in federal court,” the prosecutor said. “The defendant also obstructed justice in this case by pressuring a witness to provide false information.

“In imposing the lengthy sentence, Judge Woodcock said that the defendant’s attempt to cover up his crime and his lengthy criminal history spoke ‘volumes about [his] utter disrespect for the law’ and that ‘the only answer [was] to place [him] in jail,’” Delahanty said.

The Swan’s Island Police Department conducted the investigation with help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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