- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Scituate man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing 12 firearms as a felon and manufacturing and distributing marijuana.

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says 30-year-old Philip DeBartolo was sentenced Friday in federal court in Providence to prison followed by four years of supervised release. DeBartolo pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to firearm and drug charges.

Prosecutors say an undercover agent met with DeBartolo to buy firearms and DeBartolo sold the agent marijuana.

Authorities say pistols, revolvers, ammunition and 31 marijuana plants were seized during a search of DeBartolo’s home. They say DeBartolo was previously convicted of felony assault, drive-by shooting and firearm crimes.

DeBartolo’s lawyer, John Calcagni III, says his client is grateful the sentence isn’t longer. Calcagni says he believes the judge considered DeBartolo’s difficult upbringing.

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