Associated Press Release
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A St. Petersburg man who claimed to be a "doomsday prepper" has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison after investigators found firearms and drugs at his home.
Jason Deon Thomas was sentenced in federal court in Tampa on Tuesday.
Federal authorities say the 32-year-old Thomas had six assault rifles, five shotguns, 17 handguns, a machine gun, a silencer, four bullet proof vests, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Officers also collected drugs and $7,390 in cash.
Thomas was previously convicted of felony drug trafficking offenses, so he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.
Court records show Thomas claimed to be a "doomsday prepper," and stockpiled firearms, ammunition, bullet proof vests, and other items to prepare for the end of the world.