U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced Wednesday that Theodore “Ted” Thomes, 55, and his wife, Renee Thomes, 51, both formerly of Windham and now of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court to firearms charges.

Ted Thomes was convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms. Renee Thomes was convicted of knowingly transferring firearms to a non-Maine resident.

Delahanty said Renee Thomes acquired several handguns belonging to a Windham neighbor for whom the couple served as caretakers. In December 2011, Ted Thomes, a convicted felon who had previously been convicted in Maine for being a felon in possession of firearms, took the handguns to the home of another neighbor. In June 2012, Renee Thomes retrieved the handguns and illegally gave them to a New Hampshire auctioneer.

Ted Thomes faces up to 10 years in prison. Renee Thomes faces up to five years in prison. Both face a $250,000 fine. They will be sentenced after completion of presentence investigation reports by the U.S. Probation Office, Delahanty said.

The investigation was conducted by the Windham Police Department, the Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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