Former Bath councilor pleads guilty to firearms charges

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BATH — A Lincoln Street man who once served on the City Council pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to charges of illegally selling a firearm to an out-of-state resident and making false statements to a government agency.

Richard Burgess, 56, was a city councilor from 1978-1980. He pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland.

According to a Dec. 17 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Burgess faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison as well as a fine up up to $250,000 on both charges. He has also agreed to turn over his firearm dealer license. A sentencing date has not been set.

Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began their investigation of Burgess in August 2007.

The press release said Burgess sold firearms to an undercover law enforcement officer, knowing that person was not a Maine resident, and that then Burgess took part in the completion of false federal firearm reporting forms.