Former Windham Couple Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges
Contact: Darcie N. McElwee
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that
Theodore “Ted” Thomes, 55, and his wife, Renee Thomes, 51, both formerly of Windham,
Maine, now of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, pleaded guilty this week, in U.S. District Court, to
firearms charges. Ted Thomes was convicted of being a felon in possession of firearms. Renee
Thomes was convicted of knowingly transferring firearms to a non-Maine resident.
According to evidence presented at the plea hearing, prior to July 2011, Renee Thomes
acquired several handguns belonging to a Windham neighbor for whom the couple served as
caretakers. In December 2011, Ted Thomes, a convicted felon who had previously been
convicted in Maine for being a felon in possession of firearms, took the handguns to the home of
another neighbor. In June 2012, Renee Thomes retrieved the handguns and illegally gave them
to a New Hampshire auctioneer.
Ted Thomes faces up to 10 years in prison. Renee Thomes faces up to five years in
prison. Both face a $250,000 fine. They will be sentenced after completion of presentence
investigation reports by the U.S. Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the Windham Police Department, the Maine
Attorney General’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.