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2 Hinesville men face punishment for federal gun crimes
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Two Hinesville men are now in the federal corrections system following their charges on illegal gun possession.

Davonta Johnson, 31, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to false statement during purchase of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, relating to prior convictions for domestic violence.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Johnson admitted he lied in May 2020 about a prior conviction while buying a pistol at a Bulloch County pawn shop. Hinesville Police arrested Johnson two months later during a traffic stop and found two pistols in his vehicle.

Seth Patrick Anderson, a/k/a “Shane Anderson,” a/k/a “AB,” 37, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted Felon. Long County sheriff’s deputies arrested Anderson in October 2021 at a license checkpoint after finding a pistol in the vehicle he was driving. Department of Jstice officials said Anderson is a member of the Aryan Brotherhood white supremacist street gang.

Under federal law, it is illegal for an individual to possess a firearm if he or she falls into one of nine prohibited categories including being a felon; illegal alien; or unlawful user of a controlled substance. Further, it is unlawful to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense or violent crime. It is also illegal to purchase — or even to attempt to purchase — firearms if the buyer is a prohibited person or illegally purchasing a firearm on behalf of others. Lying on ATF Form 4473, which is used to lawfully purchase a firearm, also is a federal offense.

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