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Eight Year Sentence In Illegal Weapons Sale

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Meriden man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for selling two high-powered semi-automatic rifles to an undercover law enforcement officer.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Friday that 33-year-old Kennedy Johnson was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Hartford to eight years and nine months in prison.

Prosecutors say Johnson pleaded guilty last year to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and admitted he had engaged in unlawfully dealing in firearms.

Johnson had previously been convicted of robbery, unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor and sale of drugs. He tried to sell the rifles to an undercover law enforcement officer in 2009.

Johnson has been detained since his arrest on December 17, 2009.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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