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Mullens man sentenced on weapons charges

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A Mullens man will serve two years in jail bandishing a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Prosecuting Attorney Rick Staton says 40-year-old Salvatore Richard Turrisi was sentenced by Magistrate Craig Cook to one year in jail for brandishing a firearm and an additional year for being a felon in possession of a firearm, to be served consecutively.  These are the maximum sentences allowed by law. 
The plea and sentence result from a December, 2011 incident in which Turrisi pulled a pistol out on a collection agent at his house.  Upon investigating the allegation, Mullens Police officers Ray Toler and Jack Meadows discovered the gun in Turrisi's house.  The case was set for a jury trial on December 3, but Turrisi opted to enter a "no contest" plea, upon which he was sentenced to the maximum on each charge.
"My office, in conjunction with the United States Attorney, are cracking down on these type of weapons cases.  This plea and sentence should send a strong message to felons and the community that we will not tolerate illegal possession of firearms," said Staton. 
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