Though young, he has embraced a life of crime and has rapidly become increasingly menacing. —Court Documents

ST. GEORGE — Federal prosecutors intend to seek a 10-year prison sentence for a man connected to the theft of guns from the Blanding Police Department last summer.

Wesley Plexico is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in St. George. Plexico, 22, pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun. He admitted that the gun was not registered to him. He received the gun from one of three men involved in the police department break-in last August, investigators said.

Prosecutors say Plexico, of Cedar City, represents a "serious and imminent" threat to community safety.

"Though young, he has embraced a life of crime and has rapidly become increasingly menacing," according to a sentencing memorandum. "He has repeatedly demonstrated contempt for the law and has indicated a willingness to resort to violence — even murder — if necessary to avoid being held accountable for his crimes."

Plexico has already spent 30 months in federal prison, and went on a crime spree within four months of his release, authorities say.

In 2008, he stole several handguns from a pawn shop in Las Vegas. At the time of his arrest, authorities say he was wearing a ballistic vest, fired a rifle inside his house several times and was experimenting with pipe bombs.

Dennis Romboy
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