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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man was sentenced to more than a year in prison for charges related to improper gun purchases and marijuana possession.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that 22-year-old Jawuan House was sentenced to more than 12 months in prison for making false statements when acquiring firearms and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

The news release says that the Richmond Police Department and Virginia State Police confronted House about an acquaintance of his suspected of stealing a gun at a gun show.

Prosecutors say investigators later determined that another man had improperly bought guns for House in what’s known as a “straw purchase.” A search of his home and vehicle revealed multiple firearms and marijuana, according to the news release.

An attorney for House, Arnold Henderson, said in an email that considering his possible sentence could have been twice as long, the sentence he received was fair and takes into account his “high character.”

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