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Brookings man gets federal prison time for gun crime

A 27-year-old Brookings man will spend more than four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a weapons violation.

Judge Owen M. Panner Monday sentenced Tyson Maurice Brown to 57 months in prison after Brown pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Brown was arrested in June 2013 when a Brookings police officer pulled over a stolen vehicle he was driving. In addition to a 9mm Ruger pistol, police found 10 grams of methamphetamine in the car, along with cocaine, marijuana, digital scales, paraphernalia, ammunition, over $2,000 cash and five cellphones. Prosecutors said police traced the gun and determined Brown was present when the gun was purchased in Medford.

Brown has prior convictions for the unlawful delivery, possession and manufacture of cocaine and for second-degree robbery.

The case was jointly investigated by the Brookings Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.