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BANGOR, Maine:  An Augusta man was sentenced today in federal court for two counts of making false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Keegan Hale, 23, to time served and three years of supervised release. Hale entered custody when he pleaded guilty on March 10, 2020.

According to court records, Hale purchased firearms for another individual on two occasions in September and October 2018. On each occasion, he completed and signed a form certifying he was the actual purchaser of the firearm, when he was actually purchasing the guns for anther individual.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Augusta Police Department investigated the case.

This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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