West Michigan Men Who Stole 32 Guns Sentenced

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screen-shot-2013-07-19-at-6-35-13-pmGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 20, 2014) — Two men who stole 32 guns from West Michigan gun shops received lengthy prison sentences from a federal judge in Grand Rapids this week.

Joseph Sweet received a nearly 16-year sentence for the thefts. Ronald Cook, the co-defendant, got 13 years.

The men stole the firearms last year from gun shops in Ottawa and Muskegon counties.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice in Grand Rapids, they exchanged many of the guns for drugs and also provided information that helped authorities build a case against the drug dealer.

Cook and Sweet were arrested in Muskegon County in July 2013 after breaking into Grasmeyer Bros. Gun & Supply and taking five handguns and four rifles.

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  • Yes it's me

    I sell guns at a business that has for many decades and tho I don't believe a thief should get off Scott free he also shouldn't serve more time than half the murders out there I am sad that the judicial system fails more than it helps and the Feds have no care at all it is sick that a man who steals for an addiction gets more time than the man who pulls the trigger and blows there life all over the wall. I know the judge follows the law but you too must realize the sick injustice here.