A convicted felon from Brunswick was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Tuesday for providing false information during an attempt to purchase a firearm nearly three years ago.

U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal imposed the sentence on Evan Lewis, 28, in federal court in Portland, according to U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank. The judge also ordered that Lewis be placed on three years of supervised release.

According to court records, Lewis tried to purchase a semi-automatic, 9 mm pistol from a Lewiston pawnshop on July 22, 2015.

In the process of purchasing the weapon, Lewis completed a firearms transaction record in which he falsely claimed that his name was David Frank Lewis. He also denied having been convicted of a felony or being an unlawful drug user.

Frank said that Lewis was a convicted felon and that he illegally used methamphetamine. The pawnshop ultimately refused to sell Lewis the pistol because the name he gave did not match the name on his driver’s license.

The case was investigated by Lisbon and Auburn police in cooperation with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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