Bangor Woman Sentenced For Illegal Gun Deals

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 7 months ago

A Bangor woman will spend a year and a half in prison after conspiring to make false statements in firearms application forms.

Court documents say Brynn McLeod bought 5 handguns in Brewer in 2012 using money provided by co-conspirators.

She said she was the actual buyer on the forms.

McLeod pled guilty to the charge. In the documents, officials say she admitted that she was a crack addict and was buying guns for dealers in exchange for drugs.

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  • Steven Scott

    Way too lenient a sentence…..and where is the prosecution of the co-conspirators? And…..why was the gun shop not smart enough to catch on to a “straw buyer?” She’ll likely be out in a few months and doing it all over again!!!

    • BMH1985

      Sorry but you’re wrong, she won’t be out doing it again in a few months. Mcleod is ready to serve her time for her mistakes & not look back. Though she may have done wrong, freedom of the press means they can print whatever they want & this is not the complete story. Mcleod has no prior record & she has done many things since that incident to turn her life around not just for her but for her kids & that should count for something. I am not excusing what she did, it was wrong but addiction makes you do stupid things, she has acknowledged that & if she is gonna serve her time & pay for her mistake, she doesn’t need to be judged or trash talked in the meantime.

      • Brynn Mariah McLeod

        BMH1985 Thank you so so so so much for defending me. You must know me even though I have no idea who you are but I really appreciate your comment it means a lot to me..

        • hwhite

          Love you fo fang

    • rusty shackleford

      How is the gun shop supposed to recognize a straw buyer? If they pass the background check they are good hence the idea of a straw buyer. They don’t come in dressed like a scarecrow with straw sticking out there hat.

      • Steven Scott

        Well….a woman comes into your gun shop and obviously knows nothing about firearms, asks no questions, but buys a firearm (pistol, rifle, shotgun…whatever) with cash. She comes back four more times and does the same thing. Is this rocket science? Anyone can lie on a DD4473, but believe me, the guys in the gun shops know the difference…..and they should also be held accountable. The good news is that this lady is now a convicted felon and will not get through a background check.

        • rusty shackleford

          If she asks no quesions how do you know she has no knowledge of firearms. Are you suggesting there should be a limit on the amount of times someone should be allowed to buy a legal product? Do you not like cash purchases? If someone buys a car with cash should we stop what we are doing and call homeland security? The more freedoms we give up in the name of security will result in having neither freedom or security. She broke the law and was caught. Stop trying to criminalize the innocent business owner.

          • Steven Scott

            Rusty, I feel all….the buyer, seller, prosecutor…all….have a responsibility to ensure firearms are kept out of the hands of drug dealers. The loss of individual freedoms is in inverse proportion to criminality, lack of personal ethics, and a general tolerance for both. A generation ago, none of this would have happened…..there was little crime and drug use, the courts were stricter, and the public was intolerant of antisocial behavior. As our society weakened , we have given up many freedoms. Lets put our heads together and get back to a time when things like this didn’t happen.

          • rusty shackleford

            Steven, I completely agree with you that our society is ethically broken. Unfortunately everywhere we turn people are making excuses for behavior that was once obviously wrong. Children are being taught in schools that morality is relative and the entertainment industry gloriifies every kind of immorality and lack of self control. Personal responsibility for everything is marginalized and everything is someone else’s fault. To top it off people want to legalize drugs now. As if 50 million legal addicts will make things better.
            However I am deeply concerned about the lack of knowledge of the bill of rights these days. Everywhere you turn people are okay with restrictions on their basic freedoms hoping for cures to society’s ills. True freedom requires knowledge of the truth, basic respect for your common man and acceptance of personal responsibility. Allof these traits are rapidly disappearing as we marginalize the importance of acknowledging God as our creator and the author of right and wrong.

  • hwhite

    Love you Brynn. This will pass..

    • Brynn Mariah McLeod

      I sure hope so I am so sick of seeing what ppl say. Wish they knew the whole story. And its not correct Steven the sentencing guidelines in federal court said 36 to 46 months and I got credit for no priors and accepting what I did. So please dont bash me anymore u dont know the whole story

      • BMH1985

        Somebody always has to put their two cents in, every single person posting on this site has made mistakes in their lives & has skeletons in their closets so to speak & Mcleod had her day in court where she told her side of the story already and is doing everything she can possibly do to make this right and she doesn’t need to explain herself to anybody else. The media has a tendency to blow everything up & half the time the story is inaccurate. Freedom of the press also means a lot of GOSSIP. I may not have been there either but I know none of you were there so are you basing your opinions and your ‘blah-blah’ on actual fact or what you heard or read somewhere? This is hard enough for her already, I know it would be for me, so the trash-talk and the talking like she doesn’t exist and isn’t going to read this needs to stop, she’s human like the rest of us. Humans make mistakes, humans feel remorse, humans either do the right thing or the wrong thing. She made a mistake and now she is trying to do the right thing, do the same. Do the right thing & keep your negative talk to yourselves on this one. Find another article to focus on. She has kids, she’s trying to make this right not only for herself but for them & they don’t need to grow up and find out a bunch of people with nothing better to do decided to trash their mom online when she was trying to better her life. Enough is enough.

  • Steven Scott

    With all due sympathy for Ms McLeod (I sincerely hope she gets her life straightened out)…..please folks, check the statutes: Illegal firearm trafficking = 10 years. Falsification of form 4473 when purchasing a firearm = 5 years. That’s each count folks! Whether one is addicted or not….one is responsible for one’s actions. If someone is killed by one of these firearms, the blood will be on Ms McLeods hand…..and I feel on the hands of lenient prosecutors. These firearms were not intended for target practice or hunting….but to go to drug dealers. As to the Bangor Daily News…..you are correct….they are not good at in depth reporting.

  • David Pickens

    How did she only get 1.5 years? Assuming she gets only 9 months actual time thats less than 2 months per gun. What a sweetheart deal..

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