Men sentenced to 2 years in prison in Pokemon weapons case


BOSTON (AP) — Two Iowa men who made online threats against the Pokemon World Championships and took guns and ammunition to the event in Boston last August have each been sentenced to two years in prison.

Boone resident James Stumbo and Ames resident Kevin Norton also were each given two years of probation and ordered to undergo mental health evaluations and possess no weapons after their prison time.

The men initially faced a total of five weapons charges, but that was reduced to two each as they changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty in Boston on Thursday.

The men were arrested while trying to register for the event. Authorities found an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and 300 rounds of ammunition in their car.

The men’s lawyers have said the online remarks were idle chatter.

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This story has been corrected to show the men faced 2 charges each, not 2 total.