June 06, 2020

Ellsworth man gets 3 months in gun thefts

BANGOR – A former employee of Willey’s Sports Center, an outdoor supplier and firearms dealer in Ellsworth, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to three months in prison for stealing nine guns from the store.

John Richard Wixon, 25, of Ellsworth also was sentenced to two years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. In addition, he was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000.

Wixon pleaded guilty to the charge in December.

He faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Over the course of seven weeks in late 2005, Wixon took nine firearms from Willey’s without paying for them. All were recovered in December 2005 by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department during the investigation.

The total value of the stolen guns was $2,466.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock also ordered Wixon to pay $376 in restitution – the loss in value of the firearms from the time they were stolen until the time they were recovered.

Correction: This article ran on page B3 in the State and Coastal editions.

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