November 19, 2015
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
South Portland Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm
Portland, Maine - Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Wayne Sunderland, a/k/a “Sean Johnson,” a/k/a “Thomas Butler - ,” 32, of South Portland, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sunderland pleaded guilty on July 9, 2015.
According to court records, on May 23, 2015, Johnson pulled alongside another vehicle with two occupants stopped at a traffic light located at the intersection of Payne Road and the Maine Turnpike Approach/Connector Road in Scarborough. Johnson fired a shot into the vehicle missing both occupants and lodging in the driver side door. He fled down Payne Road. A passing motorist reported the incident by calling 9-1-1. Scarborough police officers responded and located Johnson’s vehicle parked in a driveway a short distance away. Johnson was found and arrested hiding in nearby woods. A police K-9 led officers to Johnson’s firearm, a Glock nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol that was buried under leaves near his vehicle. Johnson was prohibited from possessing firearms due to a 2013 felony drug trafficking conviction in Maine.The case was investigated by the Scarborough Police Department; and the Southern Maine Gang Task Force comprised of agents and officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the Portland, South Portland, and Lewiston Police Departments.