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Southwest Georgia Sheriff Charged with Selling Stolen Guns

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 16:09:00-04

COLQUITT, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a southwest Georgia sheriff faces charges of selling stolen guns.

U.S. Attorney G.F. "Pete" Peterman III said in a news release that FBI agents on Friday arrested Miller County Sheriff Shane Rathel. He's charged with two counts of selling a stolen firearm.

It was not immediately clear whether Rathel had an attorney who could comment.

Court documents say Rathel took three guns that were turned over to him by a man who was ordered to surrender them as a condition of his bond in an aggravated assault, battery and reckless conduct case.

The statement says Rathel pawned two of the guns for $600 and sold the third for $200.

Rathel faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of two counts.

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