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Fairbanks man who stole officer's guns gets six years

Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced a Fairbanks man to nearly six years in prison for stealing guns from a police officer's private vehicle more than a year ago and trying to sell them on the black market.

Judge Ralph Beistline sentenced Benjamin Isaac Skinner, 22, to 68 months in a federal facility, three years supervised release and $5,720 in restitution on charges of theft of firearms and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Skinner pleaded guilty to those charges Sept. 6 under a plea agreement.

He and Michael Sackinger, 19, were arrested on a warrant issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and indicted by a federal jury in May.

Sackinger was charged with serving as a lookout while Skinner broke into the officer's vehicle, which was parked at the officer's residence in Fairbanks, and stole two rifles, three handguns and a silencer, according to court documents.


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