A 29-year-old Waldo man pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

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Jesse Newton also admitted in Court to violating terms of his supervised release.

Court records reveal that on July 13, 2016, Jesse Newton was serving a term of federal supervised release for a 2013 felony firearms conviction.  U.S. Probation Officers and investigators employed by the Office of the Maine State Fire Marshal conducted searches of Newton’s residence.  They discovered a loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol, 9mm casings, rifle stocks, 46 marijuana plants and a cell phone.  An examination of the contents of the cell phone along with DNA evidence and witness testimony established that Newton had possessed the firearm and had used it for target shooting.

Newton faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine for his unlawful firearm possession as well as an additional two years of imprisonment for violating the terms of his supervised release.  He will be sentenced after the completion of presentence investigation and revocation reports by the United States Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Probation Office, the Office of the Maine State Fire Marshal, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.