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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Mason County man described as an "armed career criminal" by the U.S. Attorney, has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison.

Tobias John-Maxwell Deatrick, 32, was sentenced for unlawfullypossessing firearms as a felon.He was in possession of a 9mm semiautomatic rifle and a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol. Deatrick had five previous felony convictions in Michigan, including Delivery of Cocaine in 2002 and 2005, Receiving and Concealing Stolen Firearms in 2002 and 2009, and Possession of Cocaine in 2009.

Deatrick was sentenced under a federal statute called the "ArmedCareer Criminal Act" which allows sentencing of a minimum of 15 years forunlawfully having firearms and having more than three violent or drug-related felonies.

Deatrick pleaded guilty to the charge in January.

The sentence was handed down in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.