A Paris man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday in connection with a 2015 hunting incident that resulted in a trio of men being charged with being felons in possession of firearms.
Stephen Bean, 55, was ordered to serve three years of probation and pay a fine of $2,000 after pleading guilty to two counts in June.
Bean had faced up to 10 years in federal prison on the charges.
Charged in the case along with Bean were his younger brother, Andrew Bean, and David Foster, both of Paris. Investigators said the men were found with guns near Christian Ridge Road in Paris. Each had been forbidden to possess firearms because of previous convictions.
According to Maine’s criminal records database, Stephen Bean was convicted on a felony charge of operating after habitual offender revocation in 2006, after which he was barred from possessing a firearm.
In August, Andrew Bean was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. In September, Foster was sentenced to two years of probation.
When they were charged, the Bean brothers and Foster were among five being investigated for trespassing by the Maine Warden Service, which had received complaints from landowners who had posted their land against hunting in 2015, including neighbor Troy Ripley.
In 2006, Ripley’s 17-year-old daughter, Megan, was shot to death by another Bean brother, Timothy, in a hunting incident.
The case against the men has prompted officials and state lawmakers to consider possible changes to Maine’s hunting regulations and laws to prevent those prohibited from having firearms from being able to still apply for and receive Maine firearms hunting licenses.