A Brunswick man who threatened his girlfriend with a shotgun was sentenced to a decade in prison by a federal judge in Portland on Wednesday.

Chief Judge Nancy Torresen gave Joshua Knight, 35, the statutory maximum sentence – 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank. Knight pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon in January. He had prior felony convictions in Maine for aggravated marijuana furnishing.

Knight had a Remington 12-gauge semi-automatic sawed-off shotgun at his home in Brunswick and once held the gun to his girlfriend’s head and threatened “this is what it feels like right before you die,” Frank said in the release.

“Your criminal history shows trends that are very disturbing … things you have done are, frankly, heinous,” Torresen said in handing down the sentence.

The Brunswick Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that led to Knight’s conviction.

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