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Northome man sentenced for possessing 10 firearms

A Northome man was sentenced Monday in federal court in Fergus Falls for possessing 10 firearms.

U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim sentenced Jeffrey William Vesey, 39, to 52 months in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Vesey was indicted May 11and pleaded guilty Sept. 13.

In his plea agreement, Vesey admitted that on Aug. 17, 2010, he possessed 10 firearms in his residence. The weapons were seized during the execution of a search warrant. Because he is a felon, Vesey is prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearms at any time.

Vesey's prior felony convictions include fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance in 1997, third-degree burglary in 1998 and second-degree possession of a controlled substance in 1998. All three convictions occurred in Beltrami County.

The case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Itasca County Sheriff's Office, Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force and the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie E. Allyn.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative launched by the U.S. Justice Department in 2001 to promote a multi-jurisdictional, comprehensive approach to reducing gun crime in America.