Felon sentenced for possessing gun

A convicted felon was sentenced Thursday to nearly 19 years in prison without parole for possessing a gun.

U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall sentenced Demetrius L. McKinney, 33, of Augusta to 18 years, nine months in prison. He will have an additional five years of supervision once released.

According to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office, in May 2012, McKinney had a loaded firearm in the glove compartment of a car.

McKinney said he had the gun “for protection.” Convicted felons cannot possess a weapon for any reason.

McKinney’s criminal history includes burglary, two drug offenses and an aggravated assault, making him an “armed career criminal,” which mandates a minimum sentence of 15 years.

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