Lewiston man sentenced on federal charge

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AUBURN — A Lewiston man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in federal prison for illegal possession of firearms.

In 2008, authorities seized from 22-year-old Joshua Culleton’s home several stolen firearms and a bulletproof vest, as well as 15.3 grams of cocaine, 35.2 grams of marijuana and a digital scale. He also had $4,981 in cash, which police seized, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland.

Culleton confessed to having received the firearms and vest from the person who stole them in exchange for cash and marijuana.

Culleton was prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law because hospital records revealed he had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution in 2008.

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State charges are pending in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn, where Culleton is expected to appear Thursday to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge, a court clerk said.

U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby said Wednesday that the investigation leading to the conviction was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Lewiston Police Department and the Central Maine Violent Crimes Task Force.

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