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Pawtucket felon gets 5 years for gun possession

February 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who lives in Rhode Island and Massachusetts has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says 20-year-old Jamal Bannister, who lives in Pawtucket and the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in October to one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Prosecutors say they found a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol and ammunition while searching his residence last June. Its serial number had been ground off and was unreadable.

Authorities say Massachusetts records show Bannister had previously been convicted of crimes punishable by a prison term exceeding one year.

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