PORTLAND — A Lewiston man accused of stealing a pair of handguns in a Falmouth house burglary in 2011 and then selling them in Lewiston pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Chad Nichols, 24, waived indictment at his initial appearance in federal court before Judge D. Brock Hornby on a charge of possession of stolen firearms and pleaded guilty to what is called an “information,” a document outlining the charges that would have been sought in an indictment.

Nichols faces up to 10 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing on May 15.

Nichols had previously told a detective from the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office that he and another person participated in a burglary on Oct. 25, 2011, in Falmouth. Nichols took possession of the stolen handguns, a Glock 9mm and a Ruger .380, after the burglary, drove them to Lewiston and sold them there, according to court documents.

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