A 21-year-old man admitted before a judge on Wednesday to having a sawed-off shotgun, prosecutors said.
Blake Taylor pleaded guilty to possessing the gun and was sentenced to five years’ probation and a $1,000 fine. He was also banished from the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, which includes Columbus, said Assistant District Attorney Michael Craig.
Taylor was in a car on July 3, 2009, with two other men when they were stopped by police at Cusseta Road and 23rd Avenue. Officers spotted a Mossberg 20-gauge and a Browning Sweet 16 in plain view. They also found a loaded pistol in the car, Craig said.
One of the men, 22-year-old Tristan Jones, ran from the scene, though he was later caught. Jones pleaded guilty in November to possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction of an officer. He also pleaded guilty to unrelated offenses of aggravated assault, armed robbery and a weapons charge, the prosecutor said.
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Jones is currently serving a 17-year prison sentence, Craig said.
The third man, 20-year-old Dontavious Matthews, pleaded guilty in December to having an article with an altered ID, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a first offender probationer. He was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by three on probation, Craig said.