WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A Wilmington man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 17.5 years behind bars for pleading guilty to a possession of a firearm by a felon charge.
According to the Department of Justice, Irving Bennerman, 47, was charged in 2013 when law enforcement officers received information that he was trying to sell an assault rifle out of the trunk of a car in the Jervay Housing Community.
Law enforcement responded to the tip and found a Bushmaster, model XM15-E2S, .223-5.56mm semi-automatic rifle, 10 large capacity magazines capable of holding 30 rounds each and over 400 rounds 2 of ammunition in the trunk.
An investigation revealed the firearm was stolen from a residence in Jacksonville.
The DOJ said Benenrman was sentenced as an armed career criminal having three prior convictions for crimes of violence.
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