Deer hunter sentenced to nine years for having gun illegally

awomack@macon.comFebruary 28, 2014 

A 45-year-old Cordele man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for deer hunting with a rifle after being prohibited from having a gun because of prior criminal convictions, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

James L. Stillwell was sentenced Thursday in federal court. As part of his plea agreement, he admitted he had a gun when he was arrested while hunting Nov. 17, 2012, according to a news release.

He also admitted he was arrested by Crisp County deputies on Nov. 11, 2010, after he pulled a gun on an employee at Hubbard’s Salvage Yard and threatened to “blow him away” because the business wouldn’t haul away junk from his yard, according to the release.

Authorities found a revolver and two rifles in his vehicle, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In 2011, Stillwell was convicted of possession of marijuana and firearms on two other occasions, according to the release.

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