Lubec Man Faces Up to 20 Years for Stealing Firearms from Machias True Value, Threatening Witness

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BANGOR, Maine: A Lubec man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to stealing firearms from a federal firearms licensee, witness tampering and retaliating against a witness.

According to court records, in October 2021, Jeremy C. Lyons, 29, broke into Pineo’s True Value in Machias and stole three Colt pistols. Maine State Police Crime Laboratory testing matched Lyons’ DNA to a Gatorade bottle he left at the scene of the crime. Lyons became aware that he was a target in a federal criminal investigation involving his theft of the pistols. In July 2022, he threatened a confidential source who had provided information to federal law enforcement with bodily harm and later challenged the source to a fight. Lyons later asked the confidential source to testify for him in his case.

Lyons faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He also faces up to three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

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