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Ponsford man sentenced to prison

Patrick Dwayne Buckanaga Jr., Box 194, Ponsford has been sentenced to five years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm.

He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, which is a felony.

According to court records: In May of 2009 tribal police were called to a residence in Pine Point on the report of a possible suicidal man -- allegedly Buckanaga.

A police officer saw him run from the home into the woods, and officers located him hiding under a tree. Visible under his body was a short-barreled 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun.

He was arrested without incident, and officers found the gun was loaded and cocked, with one shell in the chamber.

He had allegedly taken prescription medication that had not been prescribed to him, causing his extremely erratic behavior.

He has two prior convictions for felony car theft and two for felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, as well as one for felony terroristic threats.

He appeared Thursday before District Judge Peter Irvine, who sentenced him to 60 months in prison, concurrent to two other court files.

He was granted credit for time served and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution. He must pay a $50 fine out of his prison earnings.