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Valdosta man sentenced for stolen firearms

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Robert Kier, Jr., 30, of Valdosta was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 168 months in prison for the theft and resale of firearms.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Kier was sentenced after pleading guilty to possession and sale of stolen firearms and possession of stolen firearms, a federal crime. Kier must also serve an addition six years of supervised release following his sentence and make restitution of $54,145.04, officials stated.

Authorities say Kier admitted that in October 2010 he stole a Shearwater boat in Marion County, Fla., which he later sold in Coffee County. He also admitted to burglarizing two homes in Echols County in October and November of 2010, when he stole 22 weapons -- including rifles, shotguns, handguns -- and three Polaris all-terrain vehicles, the release stated.

Kier admitted that he had stolen and been involved in the sale of numerous stolen vehicles and other items from various locations in Georgia and Florida, which amounted to a loss to the owners of the property of between $120,000 and $200,000.

"When Mr. Kier stole these guns, he guaranteed that my office would use our resources to find him and send him to prison," U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said.

According to the release, the case was investigated by the Echols County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with other South Georgia And Florida law enforcement agencies, including the Lowndes County and Coffee County sheriff's offices and the Madison and Marion County sheriff's offices in Florida. The case was procecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. McCullers.