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A man caught with a handgun while on supervised release from a prior federal conviction was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Jabali Dickerson, 27, was in the backseat of a vehicle stopped by Henrico County police in December. At his feet was a backpack that held a .45-caliber handgun and a check stub with Dickerson’s name.

Court records show that Dickerson was released from prison on April 25, 2018, after a six-year sentence for the firearm violation.

His lawyer said Dickerson had the firearm for his own protection after he was wounded in a Nov. 22 shooting after leaving Thanksgiving dinner at his aunt’s house.

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