BANGOR, Maine - A Canadian man has been sentenced to nearly 16 months in prison for lying in order to buy guns in the U.S.
Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Jeremy Gertsch, of Oka, Quebec, was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to three years of probation. Because he has already served his sentence awaiting trial, he was ordered back to Canada and told not to return to the U.S.
Gertsch pleaded guilty in September to making false statements in connection with the firearms purchase.
Authorities say Gertsch rented a room at an Augusta hotel in January 2011 and then got a Maine driver's license, listing the hotel's address as his home. He used the license to purchase eight handguns in Maine.
Gertsch then returned to Quebec.
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