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Three sentenced on weapons charges in federal court in Macon

Three men were sentenced in federal court in Macon today in connection with a weapons incident last year, according to a news release from the office of Max Wood, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Benjamin Finney, 31 was sentenced to five years and 10 months without the possibility of parole followed by three years of supervised release. Marlon Jackson, 29, was sentenced to two years and two months without the possibility of parole followed by three years of supervised release. Bobby Mack, 29, was sentenced, to three years on probation.

In October, Jackson and Mack pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting Finney in possessing an AR-15 assault type rifle with a high capacity 30 rounds of ammunition magazine, according to the release.

In November, Finney, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and possessing cocaine, according to the release. In addition tothe AR-15, Finney admitted having two Glock pistols. Each Glock pistol had a high capacity 30 rounds of ammunition magazine, according to the release.

"With the six year anniversary of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods Violent Crime and Illegal Possession of Firearms Initiative fast approaching, every felon needs to be reminded that the U.S. Attorney's Office maintains a 'zero tolerance for felons who possess firearms," Wood said in a statement. "This 'zero tolerance' applies not only to convicted felons, but also to anyone who helps felons possess firearms or acquire firearms. They will be prosecuted in the federal system to ensure that our community remains safe."

The case was investigated by the Macon Police Department, the Jones County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms andExplosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Solis.

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