PORTLAND — A South Paris man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Andrew Bean, 51, was transferred at Cumberland County Jail in Portland from state to federal custody after a federal judge ruled in favor of prosecutors who filed a motion seeking to have Bean moved to federal holding at the same site.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Conley wrote in his April 1 motion that Bean posed a risk to the community as well as a flight risk.

Bean’s brother, Stephen, 55, of Norway and David Foster, 39, of South Paris are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

The three Oxford County hunters were indicted last month by a federal grand jury on charges of being felons with firearms.

The trio was charged earlier in state court with fraudulently obtaining hunting licenses and being prohibited persons with firearms.

The state and federal charges stem from an incident in November 2015 when the men were charged by the Maine Warden Service on a property adjacent to a Paris farm, where the brother of two of the men charged Wednesday shot and killed 18-year-old Megan Ripley in an unrelated hunting incident in 2006.

Andrew Bean and Foster each face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, followed by a maximum of three years of supervised release on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Stephen Bean was indicted on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Each count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 maximum fine for each.

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