Virginia man with in-home arsenal gets 8 years in prison

Virginia man with in-home arsenal gets 8 years in prison
Gavel on sounding block (Source: Gray News)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to almost eight years in prison for allowing Longwood University students to regularly smoke marijuana in his weapon-filled home.

Robert Baldwin III pleaded guilty in July to possessing firearms while an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

Police found an arsenal of weapons in Baldwin's home, including 23 rifles, eight shotguns, six semi-automatic pistols, silencers and more than 100 magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that during his sentencing hearing Thursday, Baldwin apologized and told Judge John Gibney Jr. he is a hunter and collects guns.

But Gibney said Baldwin had some illegal weapons and created a situation that could have resulted “in a lot of harm to a lot of people.”

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