A Vancouver man has been sentenced to six years and three months behind bars after stealing 26 firearms.
According to the indictment, Nicholas Southard stole one rifle and 25 pistols back in 2010 from a gun store along with Daniel McNett.
Prosecutors said McNett was the burglar while Southard acted as the lookout.
Some of those guns were later used in crimes. Southard sold a Kahr Arms-Auto Ordnance .40-caliber pistol to a man who, on January 6, 2011, used the gun to fire at a SWAT team. No one was hit. Southard also had one of the guns, a Sig-Sauer .9 mm pistol, on him during a subsequent incident in which he was accused of threatening his then-girlfriend and her friend.
He will also have three years of supervised release.
The theft happened at Discount Guns on Highway 99 in Vancouver.
One of the customers used the weapon to fire at police when they attempted to serve a search warrant, but no one was injured.
Southard has been in state custody on unrelated drug charges since last year.
At the sentencing U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle said, "Your crime set in motion events that led to an assault on a police officer ... this is an example of the dangerous firearms crimes that have so affected communities in this district."
Daniel McNett has already pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next month.
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