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Cass County man convicted on gun charges

CASS COUNTY, Mich. -- A Cass County man was convicted on several charges related to an August 2018 incident where he fired shots outside his parents' home in Vandalia, according to the Cass County prosecutor.

The jury found Justin Huffman guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon, receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon and two felony firearm counts. He was found not guilty of discharging a firearm at a building, lying to a police officer and a felony firearm count.

Testimony during trial revealed Huffman was living with his parents in August 2018 when he got into an argument with his parents and threatened his father with a .22-caliber rifle, according to the prosecutor's office.

Huffman was accused of firing the gun at least twice outside the home, reports said.

Once police were called, Huffman attempted to hide out at a nearby Buddhist Temple, reports said.

Court records indicate Huffman was a convicted felon who purchased the rifle, which had been reported stolen, a week earlier, according to the prosecutor's office.

The defendant faces two years mandatory prison on the felony firearm charges, as well as a consecutive sentence of up to life in prison on other four convictions.

Huffman will be sentenced on May 31.

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