A man with a lengthy criminal history in Waldo County was sentenced this week for illegally possessing firearms after a previous felony conviction.

Jesse Newton, 30, of Waldo, was sentenced March 28 in U.S. District Court to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and two years in prison, consecutively, for violating conditions of his supervised release. He pleaded guilty to the charges July 7, 2017.

records state on July 13, 2016, U.S. Probation Officers and investigators from the Office of the Maine State Fire Marshal searched Newton’s residence and seized a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, 9 mm casings, rifle stocks, 46 marijuana plants and a cell phone.

Newton possessed the firearm in connection with his marijuana grow operation, according to investigators.  At the time of the search, Newton was on supervised release for a 2013 felony firearms conviction that prohibited him from violating federal or state law, police said.  Investigators later learned Newton possessed 10 other firearms.

In imposing the maximum available sentence, Judge John Woodcock Jr. noted the defendant’s threats to kill a police officer, his causing injury to a cooperating witness, his use of a firearm in connection with marijuana cultivation, his failure to accept responsibility for his crimes and his lengthy criminal history which included attacks on the homes of two police officers. Woodcock said he found Newton’s behavior appalling and noted this was “the first time I’ve ever seen a defendant go after a police officer’s house.”

Newton had prior convictions for four assaults, terrorizing, criminal use of explosives, criminal threatening, criminal mischief, harassment, disorderly conduct, refusing to submit to arrest and obstruction of reporting of a crime, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Probation Office; the Office of the Maine State Fire Marshal; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Waldo County Sheriff’s Office; Belfast Police Department and Maine Forest Service.