A former Garden resident was sentenced to five years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Jason Paul Arnold, 32, was convicted following a one day jury trial on March 17. Events leading to his conviction began in January 2013, when Arnold threated to "start World War III" if Child Protective Services removed his children from his custody. Arnold was detained by police when Protective Services removed his children, and he attempted to commit suicide while in a police vehicle. He was involuntarily hospitalized. Arnold was hospitalized again in March 2013 after another suicide attempt.
After his release from the hospital in April 2013, Arnold, who has an criminal history including violent crimes, obtained a Winchester .30-06 caliber rifle with a scope. When Michigan State Police learned he may have obtained the rifle, they questioned him. Arnold admitted to possessing the rifle and was arrested. Police discovered the rife, along with additional round of ammunition in his house. Arnold explained that he planned on using the firearm to kill himself, which at a minimum didn't explain the need for a rifle, scope and multiple rounds.
U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell sentenced Arnold to five years in prison stating that he recognized Arnold posed a danger to the public and was preparing to harm others.