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Prison time is ordered for possession of rifle

Wednesday, September 3, 2003

CAPE GIRARDEAU - A Scott City man learned his fate when he appeared in federal court Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey.

Robert J. Blankenship, 32, was sentenced to 156 months on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

On Nov. 18, 2000, the Scott County Sheriff's Department was conducting an investigation into the burglary of a residence. One of the officers decided to contact Blankenship concerning the matter. Blankenship, who was a previously convicted felon, produced the rifle that was reported stolen and gave it to its owner.

Blankenship, who had been convicted of two burglaries and first degree sexual assault, agreed that he is an armed career criminal for sentencing purposes.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assisted in this investigation.