A Blaine man was sentenced Dec. 19 in Anoka County District Court on a felony conviction of possessing a short-barreled shotgun.
Cody Scott Pech, 19, was sentenced to 15 days in jail, but given credit for three days already served after he was charged. He had pleaded guilty Nov. 4.
Pech will be on probation for the next five years. He cannot own or use any firearms or consume any alcohol during this time and must complete a chemical dependency evaluation. He was fined $285.
A Blaine police office found a short-barreled shotgun that had a barrel length of 12 inches and an overall length of 20 inches along with bottles of alcohol inside Pech’s vehicle. The officer stopped Pech the evening of April 16 near the intersection of Town Square Drive and 109th Avenue for speeding and having an object hanging from his rearview mirror that obstructed his view, according to the complaint.
The officer saw some alcohol bottles and a soft rifle case on the floor behind his seat while speaking with Pech. The officer said Pech did not respond when he asked him if he had a gun in his vehicle, but Pech and a passenger admitted they should not have alcohol because they are younger 21 years old.
The officer found the short-barreled shotgun inside the rifle case when searching the vehicle.
In a post-Miranda statement, Pech said he cut the barrel to a shorter length to use it for protection.
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