BENTON — A Brighton man was sentenced Tuesday to three years and one month in federal prison on a weapons charge.
In a press release, Acting U.S. Attorney James L. Porter said Ryan Richard Duckett, 30, was sentenced on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance. The U.S. District Court in Benton sentenced Duckett to 37 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The court also ordered Duckett to pay a fine of $600 and a special assessment of $100.
Court records indicate Duckett admitted on Feb. 6, 2013, in Brighton, that he possessed a GP WASR-10/63, 7.62 x 39 mm.-caliber semi-automatic rifle, during a time that he was an unlawful user of controlled substances, namely cocaine and marijuana.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William E. Coonan.