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A Kansas man will spend three years in a Nebraska prison after bringing a handgun to the Beatrice Police Department in 2016.

Brandon M. Hight, 34, was sentenced for a single charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge is a class 1D felony and carried a mandatory minimum sentence of three years.

Before pronouncing the sentence District Court Judge Rick Schreiner said the offense was a serious one since it involved a firearm.

“You, sir, are a convicted felon,” he said. “You have no business with a handgun in your possession or around anybody with a firearm in your possession for any reason whatsoever. None.”

Hight was arrested in November 2016 after police found a gun in his possession.

Police were called to a disturbance, during which Hight pulled a handgun during an argument. Gage County Court documents state a witness told police Hight did not point the gun at anyone.

While police were investigating at the scene, dispatchers advised Hight walked to the police department.

Defense attorney Lee Timan said Wednesday that Hight went to police to explain his side of the situation. Police found a firearm in his pocket at the department, which Hight is prohibited from possessing as the result of a prior felony conviction.

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