A 50-year-old man who's been told not to possess guns because of his numerous felony convictions was sentenced to four months in jail for pawning a Remington rifle at a Kennewick shop.
Donald Wray Sparks of Pasco can do the time on jail work crew or work release if eligible, a judge said. He must report to the Benton County jail to start doing the time by Wednesday morning.
The sentence was for his guilty plea earlier this month to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Another charge for first-degree trafficking in stolen property was dismissed.
Court documents show that Sparks took a Remington 72 Woodsman 30-06 rifle into a pawn shop Dec. 22 to get some money. At that point, he had six convictions on his criminal record and was last told in 2000 not to own or possess firearms.
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The rifle reportedly belonged to his father, who'd reported it missing from his Pasco home. He later told officers his son did not have permission to possess it because he knows he is court-ordered not to be around guns.
When interviewed by Kennewick police, Sparks claimed the rifle was a gift from his father and that he pawned it to get money so he could buy Christmas presents, documents said. Sparks had a key to his parents' residence.
His criminal convictions include attempting to elude police, second-degree theft, possession of a controlled substance, second-degree burglary, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and two forgeries.