Man with sawed-off shotgun, stolen revolver sentenced

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An Ashland man was sentenced Wednesday for having a sawed-off shotgun and a stolen revolver, according to a release.

Justin Edwards, 37, was sentenced to 92 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for possession of a sawed-off shotgun and of a firearm by a felon, officials said. He pleaded guilty to the charges Feb. 10.

Edwards was convicted of burglary in 2008 and prohibited from possessing a firearm, according to the release. On June 10, 2012, Ashland police responded to a 911 call that Edwards had taken his girlfriend’s car without her consent.

An officer stopped Edwards from leaving and arrested him on an outstanding arrest warrant and suspicion of vehicle theft, police said. Police searched the car and found a loaded sawed-off shotgun in front of the rear passenger seat.

After a series of appeals, it was eventually determined that the search of the vehicle in 2012 was proper, according to the release. Edwards was arrested by Ashland police ten days before the appeal reversal on Sept. 23, 2014, with a stolen .357-caliber revolver in a shoulder holster.

On Oct. 9, 2014, Edwards was indicted on charges that included possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the release. After pleading guilty to charges from the 2012 and 2014 arrests, the cases were combined at sentencing.