2017-06-29 / Front Page

Kennebunk man draws 2 1/2-year sentence for illegal firearms

By ALAN BENNETT
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — A Kennebunk man has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for illegally possessing firearms.

Justin Riggall, 37, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby. In addition to serving time, Riggall, who pleaded guilty in February, was also slapped with three years of supervised release for possession of firearms for a previous domestic violence conviction.

Riggall was charged with domestic violence reckless conduct, violating conditions of release and operating a vehicle with a suspended license upon his arrest in 2016.

Acting U.S. Attorney Richard W. Murphy said in a statement that court records show Riggall had handled two pistols being purchased by a girlfriend at the Kittery Trading Post on Feb. 9, 2016.

Later that month, on Feb. 22, he was arrested in Biddeford when police encountered him driving his truck in a residential neighborhood, traveling about 30 mph, with his girlfriend leaning out of the open passenger’s side door.

The Journal Tribune reported at the time a gun had gone off in the car, shattering the driver’s side window and mirror. 

Dep. Police Chief JoAnne Fisk said immediately following the incident police found a pistol and “a multitude of empty shell casings” in the car. Although police at the time did not speculate who may have fired the weapon, a gun was also found in the purse of Riggall’s girlfriend, Jenna Ward of Arundel.

The investigation was conducted by the Biddeford Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Murphy said.

Riggall was prohibited from possessing firearms as the result of a 2012 conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence involving his former spouse.

— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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