Felons who shot guns at range get prison time

Aldrick Lott, left, and John Robert Rucker.

Aldrick Lott, left, and John Robert Rucker.

Two Florida felons who were caught shooting guns at a gun range were sentenced to federal prison, the Justice Department announced this week.

Aldrick James Lott, 30, and John Robert Rucker, 45, were sentenced in federal court on April 15. They both pleaded guilty in January of unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition.

The Justice Department said the pair entered a gun shop and indoor shooting range last November in Jensen Beach, Florida. During their visit, Lott and Rucker were recorded on video surveillance shooting targets with multiple firearms, including a Glock 30, Smith & Wesson M&P40, and High-Point 9mm pistol.

The Glock and Smith & Wesson pistols were left at the store for cleaning, examined by law enforcement and determined to have been stolen, the Justice Department said.

On Dec. 1, federal and local law enforcement agencies executed three search warrants, on residences connected to Lott and Rucker.  Authorities recovered the High-Point 9mm pistol, a second firearm, and various rounds of ammunition from one home connected to Lott.

From a second residence connected to Lott, officers recovered a magazine and ammunition matching the Smith and Wesson M&P40 .40 caliber pistol.  From a residence connected to Rucker, officers recovered narcotics.

Rucker was sentenced to 57 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Lott was sentenced to 185 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.