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Published November 06, 2013, 09:04 AM

Two men sentenced for roles in gun smuggling case

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to federal prison for smuggling guns to Canada.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to federal prison for smuggling guns to Canada.

Thirty-year-old Shawn Hartnell, of Fort Frances, Ontario, and 20-year-old Dylan Dowton, of Jerome, Idaho, pleaded guilty in July to conspiring to illegally export U.S. guns into Canada.

Hartnell was sentenced to 12 years and eight months in prison. Dowton was sentenced to six months.

Prosecutors say Hartnell wired Dowton $10,000 to buy six guns in Idaho and meet him in Grand Forks.

Hartnell's stepmother, Dorothy Leininger, tells the Grand Forks Herald that Hartnell was a victim of overzealous Canadian agents who pressured him for months to make a gun deal.

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