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Southern Illinois man pleads guilty in weapons case, gets 2 years of probation


BENTON, Illinois — A southern Illinois man who authorities say was found with a cache of firearms and explosives has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to a reduced weapons charge.

The Benton Evening News ( ) reports that 55-year-old Norman Risley of Sesser was sentenced Thursday in Franklin County.

Risley was arrested in December 2012 when investigators allegedly found explosive materials and devices in his home, including blasting caps. They also seized illegal knives and several semi-automatic weapons and ammunition.

Risley also was charged with indecent solicitation of a child and sexual exploitation of a child, but prosecutors dropped those counts as part of a plea deal.

A judge ordered that Risley can't be with children younger than age 18 unless the child's parent is present.

Information from: Benton Evening News,

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