(STL.News) – A Levant, Maine man was sentenced today in federal court in Bangor for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony crime, United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.
U.S. District Court Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Damian A. Ouellette, 27, to six years in prison and three years of supervised release. Ouellette pleaded guilty on January 30, 2019.
According to court records, on November 2, 2018, deputies responded to a report of domestic violence at Ouellette’s Levant residence, where they recovered a 9 mm pistol that he hid in a bin of clothes in his bedroom. Ouellette was prohibited from possessing the firearm because he had three prior felony convictions for robbery and theft.
The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. For more information about PSN please visit www.justice.gov/psn.