LEWISTON — A 34-year-old Lewiston man has been sentenced to serve six years and one month in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Brunel Constant, also known as “Jamal,” was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 74 months in prison, plus three years of supervised release, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II.

According to the release, Constant was convicted on May 21 following a two-day jury trial.

According to trial testimony, in August 2011, Constant was found sleeping on the porch of an apartment building where he didn’t live and didn’t know anyone living there. When residents there approached him, an argument ensued and Constant threatened to return with a firearm.

Moments later, Constant returned to the apartment building and fired two bullets into one of the apartments.

Earlier that year, Constant had been convicted in Androscoggin County Superior Court of unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, failing to provide correct name, address and date of birth and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Nov. 30, 2009. He was sentenced to one year in jail on the first charge and six months of each of the remaining charges. He was also fined $1,400.

Charges of trafficking in prison contraband and unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs were dismissed.

The investigation leading to the federal conviction was conducted by the Lewiston Police Department, the Central Maine Violent Crime Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


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