Felon used sawed-off shotgun to shoot man in face

4:12 PM, Jun 7, 2012   |    comments
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ROME, Ga. -- A 38-year-old felon is headed back to prison for possessing a sawed-off shotgun, which he used to shoot a man in the face.

Joseph Henry Penson of Cedartown pleaded guilty to possessing the gun in federal district court on Thursday. 

According to the U.S. Justice Department, on May 15, 2011, Penson got in an argument with a man over access to a driveway and shot him in the face and the neck with a 12-gauge Mossberg. Police later found both the gun and Penson nearby. 

"While it is a federal crime for anyone previously convicted of a felony to possess a firearm, it is especially important that individuals who commit violent crimes, or who have violent histories be aggressively prosecuted when they violate gun laws," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Penson was previously convicted of aggravated assault, drug offenses, and making a false representation on a fingerprint card.

As part of his plea deal for possessing the firearm, Penson agreed he should be sentenced to the maximum amount of 10 years in prison. He could also be fined up to $250,000. Sentencing is set for August 30. 

Penson faces a seperate aggravated assault charge in Polk County for the shooting itself.

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