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A Blue Springs man was sentenced to up to eight years in prison Thursday in two cases, one involving a firearm.

Kenneth M. Rainey, 41, was sentenced by District Court Judge Julie Smith to 4-8 years in prison for being a prohibited person in possession of a weapon.

In a separate case, Rainey was sentenced to up to 42 months in prison for charges of attempting a class 4 felony, theft by receiving stolen property valued at $1,500-$5,000, theft valued at $0-$500 and possession of a controlled substance.

The two sentences will be served concurrently, amounting to a total of 4-8 years.

The firearm case stemmed from an arrest in January after deputies investigated reports of suspicious men trying to sell tools in Cortland.

Deputies were advised that there was a suspicious vehicle driving around in Cortland, with two men inside who were trying to sell tools.

The deputies made contact at the EZ Stop filling station on Highway 77 and identified the occupants. One of them was Rainey.

Rainey was placed under arrest, and deputies observed a black assault rifle on the floor of the backseat.

In the other case, Rainey was arrested in January 2016 after deputies served search warrants in Blue Springs. The warrants were part of a search for stolen property at the residence. Approximately $3,190-worth of stolen items were recovered from the search. The property was stolen primarily from storage units in Gage County and Kansas.



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