A Fairfield man was sentenced to 87 months of imprisonment Monday after being convicted of stealing and unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition.
Arthur Preston's imprisonment will be followed by three years of supervised release, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Preston and two others -- Kurt Schneider and Anthony Rodriguez -- were arrested on Oct. 24, 2011 on charges that they stole six firearms, 32 rounds of hollow point ammunition, and other items from a Fairfield resident, according to the Department of Justice release.
Preston, 22, had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including robbery, assault, and burglary. According to the release, it is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce.
The stolen ammunition was during a search of Preston's residence on Oct. 31, 2011 and Preson was arrested on Nov. 7, 2011. Following his arrest, Preston assisted police in locating the stolen firearms.
Preston has been detained since his arrest. He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon on Sept. 17, 2012, according to the release.
Schneider previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm and was sentenced to 14 months of imprisonment on Oct. 24, 2012. Rodriguez, who has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition, awaits sentencing.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fairfield Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Tracy Dayton and Michael J. Gustafson.