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Man sentenced for failing to register as sex offender

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

William Benjamin Brown, 64, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 15 years in prison for possession of firearms and ammunition by a violent felon, which are to be served concurrently. He must also have a lifetime of supervised release.

"This significant sentence reflects the serious consequences faced by those who have been convicted of sex crimes and fail to register in the counties where they live, work and go to school.  This sentence also serves as an example of the consequences that convicted felons face when they possess firearms and ammunition," said U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver in a statement.

Brown, who grew up in Statesboro, had been convicted in 1970 and 1974 of rape in Michigan. He was convicted of breaking and entering and assault in 1982.

After serving prison time in Michigan, Brown returned to Georgia, where he was arrested on charges of failing to register as a sex offender. 

Deputies and the U.S. Marshal Service found three firearms and ammunition in Brown's home while serving the arrest warrant. He was then charged as a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. 

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