SIOUX FALLS - A Mitchell man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for possessing a firearm while a felon.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced Wednesday that 53-year-old Lonnie Dean Hunter was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm. His sentence must be followed by one year of supervised release.

Prosecutors say that on Dec. 3, 2011, Hunter possessed a bolt-action rifle. He is prohibited from possessing firearms because he was previously convicted of a felony.

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