BANGOR — A Somerset County man faces 15 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Clifford E. Whitt, 42, previously had pleaded not guilty to the charge, but changed his plea before U.S. District Judge Morton Brody.
Whitt, also known as Jason Travis Stevens, has been convicted of five burglaries from 1977 to 1996. Because he has more than three violent felonies on his record, he is classfied as an armed career criminal, which means he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison on the weapons count.
Whitt most recently listed his address as Waterville although he previously has lived in towns including Anson and Starks.
According to a court affidavit, a rifle and a revolver were stolen during two separate burglaries in Madison in May and June of this year. During the first burglary on May 21 or May 22 at Gehrke’s Store on Route 201, a .22-caliber rifle was taken. During the second burglary on June 7 at the law office of Neal Corson, Main Street, a .22-caliber revolver was taken.
On June 8, an anonymous caller told the Madison Police Department that Whitt was involved in a burglary at Corson’s law office and had stolen a gun. Police obtained a search warrant and, on June 9, searched a storage unit in Canaan rented by Whitt. During the search, the missing rifle was recovered. Later in the day, the missing revolver was recovered in Whitt’s room at the Yardarm Inn, Waterville.
Whitt, who has been jailed since June, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
In other court action, John Tracy, 38, of Bangor was sentenced Tuesday to 51 months in prison for possession of heroin and for breaking conditions of supervised release.
Tracy previously had served 33 months in prison for distribution of LSD and failure to appear in court. He was on supervised release last spring, which carried a condition that he not use or possess drugs when he was discovered with heroin in his possession, according to a court affidavit.
Tracy, who has been jailed since April, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.