Massachusetts Fugitive Sentenced to 81 Months on Firearms and Identity Theft Charges
PORTLAND, ME—United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Gary Irving, a/k/a “Gregory Irving” and “Gregg Irving,” 54, of Gorham, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 81 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a fugitive in possession of firearms and aggravated identity theft. Irving pleaded guilty to the charges on March 27, 2014, a year after his apprehension for being a fugitive for 34 years.
Court records reveal that Irving was arrested in Maine on March 27, 2013 on a fugitive warrant from Massachusetts for a 1979 conviction for rape and other crimes. At the time of his arrest, he had nine firearms in his residence, including two illegal short-barreled firearms. He had been living in Maine under a false identity since 1979. He fraudulently used his brother’s name and social security number and an incorrect date of birth to renew his driver’s license. For more than 16 of his years in Maine, he illegally used firearms to hunt.
The aggravated identity theft charge required imposition of a consecutive mandatory minimum two year term in prison because Irving knew the social security number he illegally used belonged to an actual person. In imposing sentence, Judge Singal said: “This isn’t a victimless crime, even on his own family. In my view, that’s a serious set of events and deserves a serious sentence.”
Norfolk (Mass) District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, whose office secured a 36 to 40 year state prison sentence in May 2013 for Irving’s rape and kidnapping convictions said “the Maine State Police and all of the law enforcement partners who have been part of this investigation and prosecution have done exemplary work.” He added “This is a man with a proven capacity for extreme brutality. Law enforcement works best with cooperation across the local, state and federal levels. That partnership here has made the public safer.” The investigation was conducted by the Massachusetts and Maine State Police, the Gorham Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Social Security Administration—Office of Inspector General.