Felon gets 15 years for possessing an assault rifle
4:49 pm, March 1st, 2013
A federal judge in Brunswick on Thursday sentenced a Broxton man to a 15-year prison term for possessing an assault rifle as a convicted felon.
U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood passed sentence on Alex Bennett, 32, for stealing an SKS semi-automatic rifle with a 20-round magazine, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of Georgia said. Bennett had three prior felony convictions for drug offenses and robberies and had been classified as “an armed career criminal” under federal statute. As such, he faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, prosecutors said.
Bennett entered a guilty plea last July.
Edward Tarver, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, said his office “will be relentless in its enforcement of federal firearms laws…. Felons who possess firearms can expect to be returned to prison.”