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A Williamson County man has been sentenced to 60 months in prison and two years of supervised release on charges relating to unlawful dealing of firearms.

Austin K. Sims was sentenced Tuesday in United States District Court in Benton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Donald S. Boyce announced in a news release.

Sims was charged in a three-count indictment on July 12, 2017, and pleaded guilty to all three counts. He was charged with engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license, knowingly possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substances, and making materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements to law enforcement agents, the release states.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Marion Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Liam Coonan and Amanda Roberts handled the prosecution.

— The Southern

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