STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - A New York man was sentenced Monday to more than 31 years in prison in connection with stealing and trafficking 28 firearms from Kemp's Pharmacy in Claxton.
Wayne Evans, 31, was sentenced in federal court by Senior Judge B. Avant Edenfield.
"The theft of firearms from the lawful marketplace, and their trafficking to the unlawful marketplace, exponentially raises the risk of violence to law enforcement and to everyday citizens. As this case makes clear, violent repeat offenders who come to Georgia as their source for illegal guns can expect to serve decades in federal prison," said U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver in a statement.
Evans was convicted in July 2011 after a two-day trial.
In June 2010, Evans, Jordy Noval Melvin and a teen smashed the glass front doors of Kemp's Pharmacy and took the firearms from the display cases. Melvin and the teen later confessed to the burglary and testified against Evans, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Evans took most of the guns to New York to sell them, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Six firearms have since been recovered, but 22 remain unaccounted for.
A firearm was recovered on the night of the burglary in an alley behind Kemp's Pharmacy, and another firearm was recovered when the teen was arrested in Claxton in July 2010, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In 2011, another stolen firearm was recovered in a traffic stop in Worcester, Mass. Two firearms were recovered in crimes in Brooklyn, within 3 miles of Evans's home. Another firearm was recovered from an acquaintance of Evans's sister.
Evans was ordered to pay $7,611.88 to Kemp's insurer and a $3,600 fine.