A convicted felon from Androscoggin County who was caught in illegal possession of two handguns was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to serve 10 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Robert Kelly Carter, 50, of Lisbon, pleaded guilty before Judge Nancy Torresen on Dec. 12, 2013, to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Torresen said she imposed the maximum statutory sentence of 10 years because she believed Carter was a danger to the community, particularly to the women with whom he shares personal relationships, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Carter, who was on probation for a 2007 sexual abuse in the first degree conviction in Kentucky, was found in possession of a loaded .38 special Colt revolver and a Brescia Model 9 pistol when his supervising Maine probation officer searched his Lisbon home on Sept. 18, 2013. Carter also had felony convictions in Indiana in 2001 and 2004, according to court records.

Court records show yhe probation officer was alerted that Carter had guns in his home by Carter’s girlfriend, who called to report that she was concerned that his mental health was declining and that he was threating to shoot people in the wake of last year’s shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 13 people.

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