Verona Island man sentenced to 7 years on firearms charge

BANGOR — Oscar Nunez, 28, of Verona Island was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. to 82 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nunez pleaded guilty on Jan. 20, 2015.

Court records reveal that on July 23, 2012, investigators found a High Point .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun during the execution of a search warrant at Nunez’s Verona Island residence. A Maine State Police Crime Lab forensic analyst found Nunez’s DNA on the handgun. Nunez was prohibited from possessing the handgun because of a prior felony conviction in New York for the criminal sale of a controlled substance. Nunez’s sentence was longer because he used the handgun in connection with other crimes and he had a history of drug trafficking and possessing explosive devices.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office; the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; the Maine State Police; and the Hancock and Penobscot County Sheriffs’ Departments.

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