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Federal judge orders North Dakota man to serve 7 years in prison on illegal firearms charge

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — A North Dakota man has been sentenced to seven years in prison on an illegal weapons charge.

A federal jury in June convicted 47-year-old Brian Sweeney, of Minot, on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Sweeney was stopped by police for a traffic violation in October 2013. Authorities found a .380-caliber handgun in the vehicle.

Sweeney was prohibited from owning a firearm because of previous felony convictions. He was on probation with the state of North Dakota at the time he was arrested.

A federal public defender could not be reached for comment.

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