ST. GEORGE —  A Southern Utah man was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months’ imprisonment followed by a term of three years supervised release for possession of a stolen firearm, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. Attorney Trina A. Higgins of the District of Utah said in the release that Kenneth N. Webb, 67, of Washington County, Utah, possessed a stolen Ruger .380 firearm in June 2022.  Webb pleaded guilty on Aug. 10. At his change of plea hearing, Webb admitted that at the time he possessed the firearm, he knew or had reason to believe it was stolen.

Webb also admitted that the Ruger .380 traveled in and affected interstate commerce.

The case was investigated by the Utah State Bureau of Investigation. Stephen P. Dent, an assistant U.S. attorney, and Brady Wilson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make neighborhoods safer for everyone, the news release said.

On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.