Convict gets 15 years for possessing assault rifle

Published On: Mar 01 2013 03:14:47 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 03:15:29 PM EST

A 32-year-old Broxton man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for possessing an assault rifle as a convicted felon.

Alex Bennett was also sentenced to serve five years supervised release.

Evidence presented during the guilty plea and sentencing hearings revealed that Bennett burglarized a home in Hazlehurst, where he stole an SKS semiautomatic rifle with a 20-round magazine.

Because Bennett had three prior convictions for drug offenses and robberies, he was classified as an armed career criminal under federal law and faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years.